And he is doing it often. He has 17 points. The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 60-52 after the first half of Game 1 and it was full of impressive highlight plays. Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.
James wound up with 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.
Oh, he hit from long range, too. For now, his focus will be on Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
There should be plenty of points scored here between the two teams.
So even with nine days off before the series began against Cleveland, Curry is sticking with it. "Just a little bit of swelling but it has nothing to do with my performance". "It doesn't hurt or anything like that". "I'm sure LeBron probably thinks he could play better, and you tip your hat off to KD". It's just trying to control that. The following year was the incredible comeback by Cleveland.
At his annual state-of-the-league address at the Finals, Silver spoke on a number of topics before Game 1 - including what's perceived as a lack of parity.
Silver says that "from a league standpoint, you always want to see great competition". Cleveland after a lazy regular season, went 12-1 in the playoffs.
WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers' nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers' league record, started with victories previous year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland.
The Golden State center sported a "SHAQ" hat.
Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr had hoped to feel well enough to return to the bench but stayed behind the scenes in the locker room as he continues to deal with complications from back surgery almost two years ago.
ESPN is reporting that Durant is willing to take less money to stay in Golden State and help the Warriors keep other players.
"We could be a lot better than we were tonight but in the Finals you get a 'W, ' we'll take it", Durant said. He underwent a procedure to fix a spinal fluid leak on May 5 at Duke University but said he is still ailing and in debilitating pain.
The wait finally ends Thursday night.
This marks the first time in National Basketball Association history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues. The last time it happened in any major North American team sport came in 1954-56 when Detroit and Montreal squared off in three straight Stanley Cup Finals.
After months of buildup following the Warriors' offseason addition of superstar Kevin Durant, it seems like everyone has an opinion going into the series.