LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after being hit in the face in the first half against the Boston Celtics during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Considering this year we've been pretty bad in the third quarters, we've got to really be aware of what they do in that third quarter", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue told reporters on May 30 during media day in Oakland. The former UCLA standout has played in 17 games with the Cavs this offseason, averaging 13.9 points on 38.8 percent shooting from the field (34.6 percent from beyond the arc), 10.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 31.0 minutes per game.
The clash is a repeat of last year's NBA Finals, when the Warriors roared to a 4-1 series win to lift the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy for a second time in three seasons. ESPN asked 24 analysts for their prediction on the series, and all 24 picked the Warriors to prevail, and just two of them projected the series to even make it to seven games.
"For me as a competitor, it's fun", James said.
"You've just got to stay locked in".
"I don't know where they will fall in my book, but they will have a nice chapter", James said Wednesday. If the Cavs are going to have any chance against the greatest collection of talent ever assembled, he'll need to keep up that level of play.
"I read that play as well as I've read any play in my career, maybe in my life", James said.
Now the teams regroup before a quarter the Warriors dominate.
Despite the heroic effort of James to get the Cavaliers to the Finals, the outcome feels like a foregone conclusion. We've seen J.R. [Smith], last time he was in this building he had like 30 points in Game 5 a year ago. "We've got our key people in coach D'Antoni, Tilman, James [Harden] and Chris".
Don't spend too long in the kitchen or elsewhere away from the television during halftime in the NBA Finals, because you risk missing the most important part of the games.
Nance brings a defensive motor and plays hard all the time.