But after Durant was voted the 2014 MVP, James probably figured those days had come to an end. "Because I think we saw it first hand, especially in these home games". "I always have an open-door policy". The Celtics never led in any of the games in Boston, trailing by as many as 50 in Game 2 and 39 on Thursday night before both teams emptied their benches.
"I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", James said. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson could be on their way to Springfield, Mass. too, depending on how the rest of their careers play out. Those five have totaled 18 All-Star appearances.
James said he has competed against such stacked rosters before.
On the brink of becoming the first player since the early 1960s to play in seven straight Finals, James finds himself in a similar - and somewhat surprising - situation.
Three-time National Basketball Association champion LeBron James said earlier in the playoffs he has nothing left to prove as far his National Basketball Association legacy, citing two titles with the Miami Heat and coming home to bring one to Cleveland as his biggest critic-silencers. The participants, even more than the spectators, are raring to go.
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"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Almost 6,000 postseason points, thousands of made shots and more than 200 playoff games later, James is the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer.
James also had eight rebounds and eight assists on Thursday night.
"I feel good about our chances", James said.
"Obviously we didn't want I.T.to go down". I can put the ball in the hoop. Saying all the right things before battle is simply the strategy of a savage.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue wouldn't reveal whether he'll have James guard Durant exclusively.
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"The point is, Golden State is a better defensive team than Cleveland is".
James isn't anxious about point spreads or any odds. He admitted to SI that he usually didn't train that hard that soon in the offseason. Give me 2007-08, 2009-10 or 2013-14 James versus anywhere from 1986 to 1989 Jordan. "We worked out in numerous summer times".
"It made me look back to see how fast everything can be taken away from me", Thomas said. "I mean, it's up there".
You need to be Logged in to sign up for Express Login. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship". "We just kept grinding".
So if you consider a Warriors team which won 73 games previous year and had a 3-1 lead in the Finals before collapsing under the weight of injuries, stupidity and a heroic Cavs effort, then add Kevin Durant to the mix you get the idea of the challenge that Cleveland is facing.
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