Iguodala averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists through three games of the Western Conference Finals. They went to Stephen Curry, who hit a step-back 3 over Ryan Anderson. Golden State could have really used his calming presence, and his injury prevented the use of the Hamptons 5 and resulted in minutes for Kevon Looney, Nick Young, and Quinn Cook. Or will this finally be the time Golden State puts the hammer down and takes care of business? Las Vegas oddsmakers have the Warriors as the biggest NBA Finals favourites since 2002.
To acquire James this free agency period, the Rockets would pretty much have to blow up their entire roster apart from Harden, Paul and center Clint Capela, which means some of Houston's most important pieces in the form of Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker and Eric Gordon would all have to be dropped. And credit Houston again - they beat us. He is now listed as out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals and will be re-evaluated again prior to Game 2. "To this day I still believe that gave us our best chance to win".
Durant took home the 2017 hardware by averaging 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists over five games, and he now leads all Warriors players in postseason scoring at 29.0 points a night.
The Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics in their own seven-game series to reach their fourth straight Finals. For those that have faith in LeBron James and the underdog Cavaliers, their odds are set at +650, meaning a $100 bet would earn a $650 return should they pull off the upset.
"Somebody asked, it's four years in a row getting to the finals, do you appreciate it?"
The Houston Rockets have signaled they want those guys back but they'll be pricey so it remains to be seen how much they'll cost considering Paul wants a max deal and that Capela will get a max from elsewhere with the Houston Rockets quantifying on whether or not they'll match the offer.
Durant took a lot of heat for the Warriors seeming to turn to an iso-heavy approach vs the Rockets. Because after the 3 by KD, the Warriors didn't go right back to him. Since the Warriors have had a tendency to lazily plod their way through the beginning of games, developing no rhythm on either side of the court, committing horrendous turnovers and settling for shots that qualify as bad even for their expert shooters, there is an opportunity to capitalize with aggressive play.