In Round 4, we finally saw some Cavs-Warriors fatigue.
No player in the league understands the current climate better than James, who formed a super-team in Miami with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and won two National Basketball Association titles before returning to Cleveland and joining forces with All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. "To carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and a player". "I feel like it saved my life", Durant said.
"K.D.'s been fantastic these last two years, especially in the Finals and so deserving of back-to-back Finals MVPs", Curry said.
"It's humbling to be on the 20 anniversary cover of a game I've played and loved since I was a little kid", said James.
The speculation is under way, and cleveland.com is outlining four scenarios that could unfold this summer.
Lue, of course, hopes James decides to stay.
A look at 2018 NBA Finals Game 1 and 2 Kevin Durant play
CLEVELAND, Ohio - At least one member of the Cavaliers' front office attended Michael Porter Jr.'s pro day workout in Chicago on Friday, a league source told cleveland.com. Not many teams are in position to even think about knocking the Warriors off their perch.
James later revealed that he played the final three contests with a serious and self-inflicted hand injury suffered after a Game One overtime loss in which J.R. Smith ran down the clock rather than attempt a game-winning shot as time expired. He was also the only Cavs player besides James to average double figures during the postseason, coming through with 14.9 points per game.
They don't really care about much else.
"We'll see what happens", James said.
It is a prominent injury to biggest star in the series with an ailment that could have impacted his play on the floor.
"You thought I was insane but I told you, I felt good after Game 5 in the Houston series", Kerr was quoted as saying after winning the championship, per Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. "I didn't think it was anything unusual given the state of our team, what we've been through and the length of this journey". According to Barry Jackson of Miami Herald, the Heat will need to convince the Cavaliers to engage in a sign-and-trade deal or ask James to opt into the final year of his contract and demand a trade from Cleveland.
The Warriors are already well over the cap, and they will be deep into the luxury tax no matter what kind of discounts they get on those players. You don't just have to assemble a roster that can challenge Golden State, but you have to do it at close to their price.
Even if the Lakers landed James and another top-flight player like a Paul George this summer, it's still hard to see them being ready to overtake the Rockets and Warriors out West. Philadelphia might be on the cusp of contending in the East, but doesn't seem like a championship club yet.