Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4? Maybe this is the year. Maybe the Golden State Warriors, opening the postseason without Stephen Curry or any momentum, won’t be the best of the West, where there’s a Houston team that can run and gun as well as they do. Maybe the Cleveland Cavaliers, starting from the middle of the pack in the East, just have too big a hill to climb, even with LeBron James carrying them. Or perhaps none of that matters, and the NBA is headed toward Round 4 of its reigning rivalry. The postseason opens Saturday (Sunday in Manila) and it’s far from a guarantee it ends with a record fourth straight NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and Cavaliers. Neither was the best team in its conference during the regular season — the Cavaliers were only No. 4 in the East — and it’s not hard to envision a Houston to Toronto trip replacing what’s become an annual Oakland, California, … [Read more...] about Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4?
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Cavs down Mavericks despite LeBron's struggles Tom Withers (Associated Press) - April 2, 2018 - 10:17am CLEVELAND — LeBron James couldn't get his shot to drop. However, he wouldn't let the Cavaliers fall. James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and Cleveland had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks, 98-87, on Sunday night (Monday Manila time). James, who broke Michael Jordan's NBA mark for consecutive games with at least 10 points on Friday night, didn't reach 10 until 7:59 remained. He finished just 5 of 21 from the field but found his range when it counted most, draining a pair of 3-pointers during a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter when the Cavs finally finished off the Mavericks. "It wasn't a typical LeBron game," said interim head coach Larry Drew, who is filling in for Tyronn Lue. "But we were still able to come out with a win. When the … [Read more...] about Cavs down Mavericks despite LeBron’s struggles
More than Mike: LeBron breaks Jordan’s record as Cavs win CLEVELAND — LeBron James accepted the game ball and raised it high over his head for everyone to see — the perfect pose. With the crowd standing and roaring after seeing history, James took a moment to soak in the adoration before hurrying back to work. Michael Jordan would have done the same thing. James scored in double digits in his 867th straight game, breaking the record he shared with his boyhood idol Jordan, and the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-102 on Friday night (Saturday in Manila) to avoid slipping in the standings. James finished with 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, adding another stellar performance to his MVP-worthy 15th NBA season. This game, however, won’t be remembered for that stat line or James taking over in crunch time. This was the night James caught — and passed — a player he’s spent his … [Read more...] about More than Mike: LeBron breaks Jordan’s record as Cavs win
LeBron James: 'I'd vote for myself as MVP' Tim Reynolds (Associated Press) - March 28, 2018 - 4:25pm MIAMI — LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season. Himself. This is a season where prohibitive MVP favorite James Harden has done phenomenal things with NBA-leading Houston, where reigning MVP Russell Westbrook has been fantastic again for Oklahoma City, and where Anthony Davis has found a new stratosphere to take his game, especially after New Orleans lost DeMarcus Cousins. James raves about them all. But ... "I would vote for me," James told The Associated Press. "The body of work, how I'm doing it, what's been happening with our team all year long, how we've got so many injuries and things of that nature, guys in and out, to be able to still keep this thing afloat, I definitely would vote me." https://sja.sportradar.com/w/Philstar Global/608028-43374-3432/373100 It's not an unreasonable take. His … [Read more...] about LeBron James: ‘I’d vote for myself as MVP’
LOS ANGELES: The San Antonio Spurs boosted their bid for a 21st consecutive NBA post-season appearance with an 89-75 victory over the injury ravaged Golden State Warriors on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). LaMarcus Aldridge scored 19 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Spurs, who have battled injury troubles of their own this season. Patty Mills added 12 points and Danny Green chipped in 11 for the Spurs, who have won four straight to put themselves back in the playoff mix. “We’ve been playing with passion and hunger,” Australia’s Mills said. “We just have to sustain it.” The Spurs had no sympathy for the injury woes of the reigning champion Warriors, who arrived in San Antonino without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. And there was more trouble to come as Draymond Green left in the first half with a bruised pelvis. Nevertheless, the Warriors erased a 16-point deficit, taking a … [Read more...] about Spurs beat injury-riddled Warriors