LeBron James: Facing Golden State Warriors is like playing New England Patriots

Doug Mendoza
June 8, 2018

And as for the Irving trade, the point guard wanted out of Cleveland because he was exhausted of being in LeBron's shadow, when James didn't step up and demanding to the Cavs organization that Irving not be traded, it said a lot about their relationship.

With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 past year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals match-up between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015. He scored 43 points, and received some incredible praise from LeBron.

So the Warriors added Durant, "one of the best players the National Basketball Association has ever seen".

In his press conference on Thursday, LeBron couldn't avoid more questions about KD.

Friday, June 8: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

The Warriors countered with more depth with rookie Jordan Bell (playoff career-high 10 points), JaVale McGee (10 points) and Andre Iguodala (eight points), who played after missing the past six playoff games with a left knee injury. Sorry, Trail Blazers. You can't deny the truth. "The Lakers feel like they are a year away; LeBron plus Paul George would not be enough to propel them past the Warriors". You can't have miscommunication, you can't have flaws, you can't have "my faults" or "my bads" or things like that, because they're going to make you pay.

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"I'm just saying that in broad terms, just overall, I don't think that stuff matters when it comes to player movement and decisions that are being made with players".

Stephen Curry (right) celebrates a Golden State win with Draymond Green and Kevin Durant. Most of those teams can give James a strong pitch by revealing their plan to dethrone the Warriors.

Durant, who is on the brink of winning his second consecutive title with the Golden State Warriors, is expected to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent.

Golden State was up three and Durant was being guarded by Rodney Hood 35 feet from the basket.

"The margin of error is very low", James said. "We've been in a position where we could win two out of these three games". The Warriors haven't been at their absolute best in this series but they proved they can still win even if Curry shoots one of 10 from the three-point line. "The room for error is slim to none".

"I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn't succeed getting past a Boston, getting past the San Antonios of the league or whatever the case may be", he said. "How do you put together a group of talent but also a group of minds to be able to compete with Golden State, to be able to compete for a championship?"

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