Warriors had to get ready in a hurry for the NBA Finals

Warriors had to get ready in a hurry for the NBA Finals

LeBron James spent Memorial Day with his kids enjoying some barbecue.

The NBA had its most-watched conference finals since 2012, as both teams had to rally from 3-2 deficits to win Game 7s on the road.

Despite James going up to the plate for his teammates, there are still plenty of doubters as the Cavs prepare for another championship bout.

This all came one night after LeBron James carried the Cavaliers to a Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics. "I've just never really bought into that".

NEW YORK (AP) - Game 7 of the Western Conference finals drew a peak audience of 18 million viewers, making it the second-most watched National Basketball Association game in cable TV history. That's because Warriors owner Joe Lacob is lamenting the fact that the Cavaliers will be his team's opponent for the fourth consecutive year.

Hill's up-and-down play during the playoffs has become a microcosm for Cleveland's wild swings in the postseason. Anything less than that, and he'd have a lot more time for those barbecues with his kids. Yet, thanks to a trade deadline day upheaval from the Cavs at least, their side bears a much different look and feel than the one which took on the Warriors even during the regular season in December 2017 and January 2018.

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver is amazed at how quickly and well James can recover after a superlative outing. "He doesn't walk around like that".

"So I felt like the odds were against us from the summer". It's hard to see anything but a win at home for the Warriors to kick off the series, but I think the value is with the Cavaliers and the points. "He's a really great leader". Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said James appeared exhausted in Game 5, and then Cleveland big man Larry Nance Jr. fell into James' right leg in Game 6.

To project the series, I am using my in-season game projection model. But just how big is that gap? "When you walk off the court with a win and get this fancy hat, it's a good feeling", Curry said.

"Then they added Kevin Durant". They have former MVPs in Curry and Durant. Iguodala's health looms as the biggest question entering the series after he was sidelined for much of the West finals with a bone bruise in his leg.

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Does being an underdog make a difference for the Cavs? The best way to beat them? "So it's going to have to be grind-it-out games where the tempo is controlled and to do that you have got to have smart, tough guys on the floor". So that's inspiration right there. And just because a guy is not playing well, you can't give up on a guy.

Kevon Looney vs. Tristan Thompson.

Around-the-clock treatment on his body Tuesday, including 4 1/2 hours of it on the team's flight to San Francisco.

"Just round-the-clock treatment", James said Wednesday. Treatments and pregame shooting today.

Game 1 will be hosted by the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

But he's ready. He's always ready.

"They've been tested. We've been tested", Lue said.

"So numbers and things like that kind of take care of itself".

"I've been a leader to my teammates all year and I've put in the work. So everything else is OK".

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