Should the NBA Finals be a best of 19?

Should the NBA Finals be a best of 19?

James had accumulated 5,960 points in 211 playoff games going into the Cavaliers elimination match against the Celtics.

During the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, it became clear the Celtics were at least one player away from seriously contending with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a discussion about whether the Celtics should build around their All-Star point guard began to materialize.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the underdog against the Golden State Warriors as the NBA Finals get underway next week.

The Warriors are one of the best teams ever assembled in the history of this league. I do hope Steve Kerr can be involved in this series, too, but I don't think that has a massive impact on the outcome.

James said of the Warriors, "The best team in our league the last three years. That's all I can give you right now".

In Tuesday's 112-99 Game 4 win, Irving led a comeback from 16 points down and set a new single-game playoff best along the way with 42 points. He's getting to the hoop better than ever and the array of sharp shooters surrounding him makes him that much more unsafe. While the Celtics are eighth in points (105.4), sixth in field goal percentage (45.8), second in assists (27.4) and fifth in efficiency (109.0). Jordan was in his rearview mirror and still James deflected the attention like a kick-out to an open shooter in the corner. They are 7-0 on foreign courts in the playoffs this year.

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James, who earlier on Thursday suggested comparisons were only for "barbershops", tried to sidestep the Jordan topic.

"Hopefully", James said that night, "I don't continue to have to run into him". "With that being said, tonight I'll start my prepping, and we'll see what happens". When you're watching Michael Jordan it's nearly like a god.

Hard to believe, but this version - with Durant - might be even better.

"With Isaiah going down, that's 29 points a game, and now you got to scheme and try to do something for a whole 'nother system", Lue said of Thomas, who actually was averaging 23.3 points in these playoffs. But, as James made clear, numbers won't define how he compares himself to Jordan.

Irving initiated the scoring when he buried a 25-foot step-back three-pointer from the wing, and less than a minute later, he caught a pass from James and knocked down a 15-footer from the right side of the free-throw line. "I just have to keep going and figure out what I've got do to come back at the highest level possible".

"You guys can have the conversations about who is the greatest of all time and things of that nature".

Golden State Warriors Dominate Game Two of Western Conference Finals
The Golden State Warriors put on a dominating performance in the Western Conference finals, sweeping the San Antonio Spurs 4-0. Whoever the opposition it, Golden State will have home-court advantage due to having the best regular-season record this year.

James also took on a Celtics team loaded with big-name talents. This could be the Thrilla in Manila - the third bout Ali-Frazier fought on October 1, 1975 - times seven.

"Definitely feels different", Irving said. "I wasn't sure when, but I knew that I had to make the conscious choice to really lead our guys, understanding the situation that we were in". "Drawing two defenders and no matter if you win or lose, if you make the right play, it's OK".

"If Cleveland comes out of the East, I want to destroy Cleveland", Green said.

With the unblemished Warriors waiting, James opted to douse them in accolades rather than cast any barbs.

June 5, 2014 - In Game 1 of the Finals in San Antonio between the Spurs and the Miami Heat, an electrical failure in the arena causes the air conditioning to fail, and the indoor temperature reaches above 90 degrees.

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