The king of Akron has been the king of the playoffs so far having produced a ridiculous stat line as he led his Cavaliers to an undefeated record after two series in these playoffs. The 32-year-old has been on fire from beyond the arc shooting 46.8 percent on 5.9 attempts per game and James is also shooting 55.7 percent from the floor while getting the rest of the Cavaliers good shots on offense. The Celtics may have home court advantage, but are underdogs nevertheless.
The same two teams have never faced each other in three consecutive NBA Finals, but never has something so improbable felt so inevitable-at least not since the erosion of a certain 3-1 lead.
Due to the stiffer competition out West, the towering forward has played four more games than James in these playoffs.
It's easy to forget, as the Finals draw ever closer, that both the Warriors and Cavaliers have had their own obstacles to overcome-the Warriors lost coach Steve Kerr at the start of the playoffs to recurring problems from an earlier back surgery; the Cavaliers have collectively decided that defense is optional.
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"When you are three of the best shooters in the league, it's tough to defend".
The Warriors' 36-point win in Game 2 against the Spurs was just the seventh 30-point or larger win in a conference final game since 2007.
The Cavaliers, by the way, are racing toward the same goal - and only one team can achieve it. The Thunder won three more in a row to oust the Spurs. But the Warriors are expected to win this series especially with the lingering injury issues that have plagued Leonard so far. As much as they want it - and there is no question they do - this is a quiet quest, which is as it should be.
Some 6.4 million viewers gave the underdog Boston Celtics a chance on Wednesday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, clicking the ratings up 19 percent in comparison to 2016's pairing against the Toronto Raptors.
Unless LBJ gets hurt in Game 2 against the Boston Celtics, we're likely to see another double digit spread when the Cavaliers host the Celtics in Games 3 and 4.
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