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Nuggets GM Tim Connelly Discusses NBA Draft, Free Agency and Nikola Jokić on Altitude Sports Radio
Nuggets GM Tim Connelly joined Vic Lombardi on Altitude Sports Radio on Tuesday morning to discuss the upcoming NBA Draft, NBA free agency, the current state of the NBA, and Nikola Jokić. [...]
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LeBron James is still the best player in the world, but will he ever beat the Warriors again?
OAKLAND, Calif. — The last time LeBron James lost in the NBA Finals, he sat in front of his locker, a towel over his head and in full uniform, for 45 minutes. It came before he had brought a championship to Cleveland, before Kevin Durant had moved to Golden State, before the NBA had changed forever. Monday night, James dressed quickly in a red-and-black striped T-shirt, black sunglasses, black leather jacket and light jeans with words printed on them. (Examples: Zoom and So Very Nice.) He grabbed a small Aquafina bottle from a cooler and chatted with his adviser, Adam Mendelsohn. He seemed to understand he had not reached the end of a quest but had rather only started one. In the 2017 NBA Finals, the fifth championship loss of his career, James reasserted himself as the best player in the world while the Cleveland Cavaliers team fell a chasm short of the Golden State Warriors. He became the first player to average a triple-double in the Finals, punching up 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in five games. James dominated Game 5, ramming from the perimeter to the rim over and over in the fourth quarter, unstoppable as a freight train. He finished with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists, and yet he watched Durant win Finals MVP and witnessed yellow confetti floating from the Oracle Arena rafters. These Finals provided James an unsettling glimpse of how the rest of his prime might unfold: proving he’s the best player in the world while the Warriors thrash his team. There are two preeminent forces in the NBA, the Warriors and LeBron James. These Finals anointed and stabilized one, and forced the other to ponder his future. The Warriors, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Durant all in their primes, are going nowhere. At 32, James must grapple with how to beat them with an uncertain number of years remaining in his. “I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn’t have done or what I could have done better for the team,” James said. “I left everything I had out on the floor every single game for five games in this Finals, and you come up short. So it would be the same if you feel like you [had the greatest professional achievement] of your life and somebody picked another one over you. That’s — how would you feel? You wouldn’t hold your head down. But you would be like, okay, it’s just not my time.” When, though, might it be James’s time again? With the Warriors looming in the West, he faces a rigid obstacle in his path to his fourth title. At this stage of his career, rich beyond comprehension and three NBA titles on his résumé, James possesses a singular goal. “I want to compete for championships every year,” he said. But how can he compete with the Warriors? “It’s a two-sided question because for me personally,” James said, starting to answer the question before trailing off. “I don’t know. I need to sit down and figure this thing out. And so I don’t know as far as me personally right now. “But as far as that team, they’re going to be here for a while. They’re going to be around for a while. Pretty much all their guys are in their 20s. Pretty much all their big-name guys are in their 20s, and they don’t show any signs of slowing down. “So there’s going to be a lot of teams that’s trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to try to match that if they’re able to actually face them in the playoff series, both Eastern Conference and Western Conference. From my eyes, they’re built to last a few years.” James’s goals and influence create the potential for tectonic player movement, up to and including, ultimately, himself. He does not figure to stand pat. Cleveland is in flux, with General Manager David Griffin no longer under contract and a massive payroll. The Cavaliers as constructed cannot compete with Golden State. They need better two-way wing players. Kevin Love is a great player, but his lack of defensive versatility will not help his team win a title. The Indiana Pacers’ Paul George has one year left on his contract and has been rumored as a possible target for the Cavs. James will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season. Could he jump ship and try to re-create the Warriors in Los Angeles? The first-in-50-years title he brought Cleveland would mitigate, if not eliminate, the potential for backlash if he left his home town again. In the offseason, James lives in Brentwood. He owns a production company and has loudly outlined his Hollywood ambitions. “I’m not the GM of the team,” James said. “I’m not in the front office, but I know our front office is going to continue to try to put our ballclub, put our franchise in a position where we can compete for a championship year in and year out. “Like I said, [...]
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Warriors, Penguins getting championship belts from the WWE
Like Hulk Hogan joining Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to form the New World Order back at Bash at the Beach in 1996, Kevin Durant joined the Warriors to form a super team that won a championship. It seems fitting that Golden State will get a pro wrestling belt to commemorate the occasion. World Wrestling Entertainment’s Triple H tweeted out Tuesday a photo of the WWE championship belt that will be given to the Warriors, complete with customized Golden State sideplates. The @NBA Championship is back in the Bay…and @KDTrey5 is going to have his hands full with all this gold. #MVP Congratulations @Warriors! pic.twitter.com/d4AQZLJls1 — Triple H (@TripleH) June 13, 2017 They’re not the only ones. The Penguins will also get a belt with custom sideplates after winning the Stanley Cup. Back-to-back @NHL Champions…gonna need a bigger trophy case in Pittsburgh. Congratulations to the @penguins! pic.twitter.com/zImlFdiKuF — Triple H (@TripleH) June 12, 2017 It has become a tradition over the years for the WWE to present a championship belt to professional sports teams that win titles. The Patriots received one for winning Super Bowl LI in February. A never-say-quit team, a football dynasty, and an amazing #SB51. Congrats @Patriots, this title is coming to New England!! pic.twitter.com/rRBV2bYxjF — Triple H (@TripleH) February 6, 2017 Related ArticlesJune 13, 2017 LeBron James is still the best player in the world, but will he ever beat the Warriors again? June 13, 2017 Forget breaking up the Warriors, NBA commissioner wants more teams like them June 13, 2017 Warriors say no decision has been made on White House visit June 12, 2017 North Korea expecting visit from former NBAer Dennis Rodman June 12, 2017 PHOTOS: Warriors beat Cavaliers, 129-120, to win 2017 NBA title The Cubs got one for the World Series last November. Congrats to the Chicago @Cubs on a long-awaited (and well-deserved) #WorldSeries win. We got you something for the celebration… #EnjoyIt pic.twitter.com/yv3jhY0rLA — Triple H (@TripleH) November 3, 2016 The Broncos even got one after Super Bowl 50. Congratulations to the Denver @Broncos on winning #SB50! We have something coming your way shortly… #ChampsAreHere pic.twitter.com/KrRl3n1ufw — Triple H (@TripleH) February 8, 2016 [...]
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Nuggets Insider Christopher Dempsey Joins Altitude Sports Radio to Discuss Nuggets Draft, NBA Finals and More
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NBA Finals take on a feisty tone, pleasing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue
OAKLAND, Calif. — Seven technical fouls, one flagrant foul, stars LeBron James and Kevin Durant jawing at each other and several other dustups. For Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, the physical turn the NBA Finals took in Game 4 is just what he wanted and is the recipe he hopes the Cavaliers will follow for the rest of the series against the Golden State Warriors. “Me personally, I liked it,” Lue said Sunday. “I thought the first two games we were being too nice. The first three games, helping guys up off the floor, smiling, talking to guys and — yeah, I didn’t like that. So I think Game 4, talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to try to get that edge to win, you got to do it.” The Cavs look to carry that same mindset into Game 5, when they once again try to stave off elimination. After two straight Golden State blowouts to open the series and a thrilling comeback in Game 3, things turned feisty in Game 4 as the teams that are meeting in a third straight Finals showed some animosity. James said the Cavs were upset about comments from Golden State’s Draymond Green about wanting to celebrate a title on Cleveland’s floor for the second time in three seasons. The game started off with an edge and things really took off in the third quarter. It started when Durant took exception to a blow to the head from Kevin Love that led to a flagrant foul and a face-to-face confrontation with James. It escalated late in the third after a scramble to the floor for a loose ball led to a jump ball. Cleveland’s Iman Shumpert stood over Pachulia and tried to grab the ball after the whistle. Pachulia then delivered two swipes to Shumpert’s groin area, leading to technical fouls on both players. “It was totally between the lines and with the respect of the rules,” Pachulia said of the physical play. “Nothing has crossed the line. It’s emotional. It’s possibly the last game of the season, so you definitely don’t want to give up anything easy. We know it’s not going to be an easy game for us. We’re going to earn it.” The more physical play appeared to be just the thing to get Cavs power forward Tristan Thompson unleashed. A key player the past two years because of his relentless rebounding and hard-nosed play, Thompson had been mostly invisible the first three games with just 11 rebounds. Related ArticlesJune 12, 2017 Warriors need Stephen Curry to rediscover his mojo to close out the Cavaliers June 9, 2017 Cavaliers rout Warriors in Game 4 of NBA Finals June 8, 2017 LeBron James not faulting Warriors for building super team June 8, 2017 Cavaliers now must pray the Warriors simply beat themselves June 8, 2017 “I’ve seen that”: The shot of Kevin Durant’s life was a lifetime in the making Thompson had 10 alone in Game 4, including four on the offensive end that gave Cleveland extra opportunities to score and prevented the Warriors from getting out in the break. “T-Lue has been saying that since Game 1, the team that has the starting lineup that comes out and sets the tone early and is more physical one through five will definitely have the advantage in the game,” Thompson said. “We did that Game 4 and we got to have that same type of effort and even more in Game 5.” That’s exactly the attitude Lue wants rather than the congeniality the bothered him so much at the start of a series between teams that have so much respect for each other. “They’re coming right after us, so we have to get after them,” he said. “I don’t see anything’s funny or anything’s to smile about. So hitting and being physical and just everything they do to us in the first three games, we have to do that. Last game, in Game 4, I thought that’s who we are. Got to be physical. If it’s talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it.   [...]
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Warriors need Stephen Curry to rediscover his mojo to close out the Cavaliers
OAKLAND, Calif. – The addition of Kevin Durant to the Golden State Warriors was supposed to do many things. But, chief among them, it was supposed to remove the greatest vulnerability to the Warriors, one that reared its head during Golden State’s collapse from a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals a year ago: the necessity for Stephen Curry to be at his best for the Warriors to win against the best competition. But as the Warriors lost big to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night in Game 4 of this year’s Finals, sending the series back to Oakland for Game 5 on Monday night with Golden State in the same position it was a year ago – a chance to close out the series on their home court inside Oracle Arena – it also brought another realization: the Warriors still can’t overcome, at least against their Finals opponent, a dud from their superstar point guard. “Just one of those games,” Curry said after going 4-for-13 to finish with 14 points, five rebounds and 10 assists in a 137-116 loss. “Not going to overreact to one. “Obviously I can play better and want to play better and will play better.” Curry might not be overreacting, but his performance – as well as the performance of Kyrie Irving against him – will be scrutinized and analyzed from now until Game 5 tips off Monday night. And after Golden State dominated the first two games in this series, and then managed to come from behind and win Game 3, the Warriors now return home with the first shred of doubt in their minds in these playoffs. They’ll spend the next 36 hours or so leading up to Game 5 being reminded of everything that happened last year, from the collapse in the Finals to the dominance of Irving and LeBron James in the final three games of that fateful series to the part Curry played in the season that saw his Warriors win a record 73 games and saw him win a second straight Most Valuable Player award – and the first-ever unanimous selection – end in crushing disappointment. Now, as the Warriors try to close this series out, the focus will be squarely on Curry until the Warriors win the championship – or until they somehow allow the Cavaliers to engineer what would be the biggest comeback in NBA history for a second consecutive year. That will remain the case even as both Curry and his coach, Steve Kerr, tried to downplay his performance Friday. “Obviously it wasn’t his night,” Kerr said. “Started slow, we had some turnovers early, couple careless ones. “He just didn’t get it going. It was just one of those nights.” Curry’s play in last year’s playoffs became a hot topic of debate, both during them and long after they were completed. He missed a combined six games – and parts of two others – in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and upon returning had both moments of brilliance (his 40-point performance in an overtime win in Portland in his first game back in the second round, his 38-point performance in Game 4 of last year’s Finals against Cleveland) and moments where he just didn’t seem to have the same burst he did during his brilliant regular season (when he was unable to drive past Kevin Love in the final minute of Game 7 against the Cavaliers). But while Curry wasn’t the same player that he was during the regular season – likely in large part due to injury – to his credit he has never used that as an excuse. And, whether he was fully healthy by the end of those playoffs or not, the cold, hard truth for Curry and the Warriors is that, until they close this series out, last year’s failure – and every subsequent one this season – will hang over them. Related ArticlesJune 12, 2017 NBA Finals take on a feisty tone, pleasing Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue June 11, 2017 Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun charges June 11, 2017 LeBron James says he’d want Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates June 9, 2017 Cavaliers rout Warriors in Game 4 of NBA Finals June 9, 2017 Former Colorado State teammates John Gillon, Emmanuel Omogbo reunite at Nuggets draft workout That’s why, even after three strong games to open this series, which saw Curry come into Game 4 within shouting distance of averaging a triple-double, one game set Curry’s stature back, and put back into focus his importance to the Warriors. Yes, Durant is a remarkable talent, and remained so in Game 4, as he finished with 35 points, four rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 39 minutes. But it is Curry’s ridiculous, mind-bending shooting ability that still causes defenses to be on high alert the second Curry steps over halfcourt, and what has turned Golden State’s offense into an unstoppable juggernaut the p [...]
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Mike Miller Joins Altitude Sports Radio to Talk Nikola Jokić, Jamal Murray and More
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Q&A with Draft Prospects: Amile Jefferson, Amida Brimah, Isaiah Hicks, Laurynas Birutis, Matt Jones, Terrance Ferguson
Get to know the draft prospects through some fun questions and answers. [...]
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Kiszla: If the Nuggets want to beat Golden State, here’s what they need to do in the NBA draft
There’s a lesson for the Nuggets in the NBA Finals, hammered home by every dunk thrown down by LeBron James and each 3-point basket drained by Steph Curry. “To me, the main takeaway from the NBA Finals? The rest of the league has a long way to go. Us included,” Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly told me. That’s precisely why I think it would be crazy for Denver to play it safe with the 13th pick in the NBA draft. For those of you keeping score at home, here’s the quickest, not to mention the most daunting, way to compare the Nuggets with Golden State and Cleveland. On the Golden State roster, there are four legitimate all-stars: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Curry, who was named the league’s most valuable player in 2015 and 2016. Cleveland takes the court with three bona fide all-stars: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James, who is in the conversation with Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time. The Nuggets? Well, center Nikola Jokic is 22 years old, and is the most tantalizing young basketball talent Colorado has seen since Carmelo Anthony was drafted in 2003. Jokic will be an all-star, maybe as soon as next season. But having “Big Honey” in Denver is a long way from having a big three it takes to be a legitimate championship contender. So as Connelly and his front-office staffers discuss the players on Denver’s board before the June 22 draft, here’s the crux of a heated debate guaranteed to raise the temperature in the room. The Nuggets have to weigh the merits of a safe pick that projects to be a solid, if unspectacular, pro versus taking a gamble on a raw talent, which could pay off big or be declared a bust three years down the road. “It’s a constant conversation. … We talk about it nonstop. And it’s one of the most interesting conversations we have,” Connelly said. “You have to be realistic when drafting at No. 13. If you think there’s a guy with an upside that justifies patience, you have to consider it. But you also know you can miss, because a lot of upside guys are upside guys because they might never realize their potential. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with getting a solid NBA player in that spot and adding another piece to a young core we really like. … In the mid-first round, if you get a heavy-rotation player, you’ve done a good job.” So which way do the Nuggets go? While the list of potential candidates for the 13th pick is deep, let’s take a look at one example for each draft philosophy. North Carolina swingman Justin Jackson would be a safe pick. His resume is rock solid. At age 22, Jackson was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s player of the year. He won the national championship with the Tar Heels. At 6-foot-8, he’s a versatile defender and a solid shooter. If Danilo Gallinari leaves Denver as a free agent, Jackson could probably step in and contribute to a playoff run as a rookie. UCLA’s T.J. Leaf would be a gamble. He describes himself as a stretch-four, with his shooting range more intriguing at this point than his inside game. He is 20 years old, but his physique is adolescent skinny rather than man-strong. Leaf takes advantage of his 6-10 frame as a solid rebounder. He’s unafraid of taking big shot. But, as a pro, will Leaf become Love or Nick Collison? “You have to juggle risk versus reward,” Connelly said. “Do you take an upside guy, or a player we’re probably more certain will be productive? Do you hit a solid double, or take a shot at a home run and maybe strike out?” While I admit to being disappointed when Denver let a playoff berth slip away late last season, the reward for the eighth seed in the Western Conference probably would have been a four-game sweep at the hands of the Warriors. Related ArticlesJune 10, 2017 Kickin’ it with Kiz: Did the Broncos sign running back Jamaal Charles to score touchdowns or be Yoda? June 8, 2017 Kiszla: We’ve seen the future of U.S. soccer. Now we just need to learn how to pronounce Christian Pulisic’s name. June 7, 2017 Kiszla: Here’s exact minute when the Rockies turned Denver into real baseball town. June 6, 2017 Kiszla: Which old running back would you rather have: Jamaal Charles or Marshawn Lynch? June 3, 2017 Kiszla: From peewees to the Broncos, football players tackling the issue of brain injury And here’s the bigger truth: So long as Durant and Curry remain healthy and stay together with Golden State, there doesn’t figure to be any window of opportunity for the Nuggets to make a run at the Finals in the next two or three years. I’m crazy enough to believe an NBA championship can be won in Denver. But the build-up to that dream will probab [...]
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2017 Draft Profile: Caleb Swanigan
Class: Sophomore Ht: 6-foot-9 Wt: 247 pounds [...]
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2017 Draft Profile: Derrick White
Class: Senior Ht: 6-foot-5 Wt: 200 pounds [...]
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Former Colorado State teammates John Gillon, Emmanuel Omogbo reunite at Nuggets draft workout
It took only a few trips up and down the court Friday morning for a familiar feeling to burn through John Gillon’s lungs. “The altitude brought back a lot of good memories,” Gillon, who played for two seasons at Colorado State before playing at Syracuse, said following a pre-draft workout with the Nuggets. “I had a lot of fun with it.” Gillon, a 6-foot point guard who began his career at Arkansas-Little Rock, averaged 13.2 points and 3.8 assists for CSU during the 2015-16 season. After obtaining an undergraduate degree in economics, he went to Syracuse for his graduate season in an effort to prove he could thrive against the high-level competition of the Atlantic Coast Conference. He became the Orange’s premier playmaker, averaging a career-high 5.4 assists (fourth in the ACC) and 10.5 points. He also hit one of the season’s most memorable shots, a buzzer-beating, banked-in 3-pointer over three Duke defenders that gave Syracuse the victory and sent the Carrier Dome into a frenzied state. “That’s probably the biggest one just because of how many people it affected,” said Gillon, who also had 43 points last season in an overtime win at North Carolina State. “Walking around Syracuse, and the gratefulness people had, I’d get a story every day of what they were doing when I hit that shot. That’s something I can share with people, and that’s all you really want to do. Basketball is entertainment, and making people happy and smiling, that’s a great moment for me.” It wasn’t just the altitude that brought back memories for Gillon on Friday. Following his early morning workout, he stuck around the Pepsi Center to watch the day’s second session, which featured his former teammate at CSU, forward Emmanuel Omogbo. “I saw him at the hotel yesterday, and he’s a great guy. We came in and had fun, just like when he was at CSU,” said the 6-8 Omogbo, who averaged a double-double of 13.6 points and 10.4 rebounds as a senior. “It was really good to see him today. When he was down there (on the sideline) and I was shooting, he was just advising me: ‘Hey, use your legs.’ It’s the little things he used to tell me when I was at school.”Related ArticlesJune 9, 2017 Nuggets have evaluated some of NBA draft’s top big men as they aim to improve woeful interior defense June 8, 2017 NBA draft preview: Terrance Ferguson taking circuitous route to the NBA June 6, 2017 Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan, having battled obesity and homelessness, is on doorstep of NBA dream June 5, 2017 Nuggets draft preview: John Collins has made climb to become likely first-round pick May 31, 2017 Kosmider: Now on the verge of a dynasty, Warriors’ rise offers blueprint for teams stuck in NBA’s middle ground The Rams certainly could have used Gillon last season. CSU battled to within one victory of the NCAA Tournament despite playing a majority of the season with only seven players. An extra punch in the backcourt would have come in handy, but Omogbo said he was happy Gillon was able to gain some exposure while playing in the ACC. “He did a lot at Syracuse this year,” Omogbo said. “Just being able to put up great numbers and play against good teams and good players, he got good opportunities to go at. He made the decision that was good for him and we did what we needed to do as a team this year. I feel like it worked out good for everybody.” Any chance for Gillon and Omogbo to make the NBA will have to come the hard way. Neither player is projected to be one of the 60 names called at the NBA draft on June 22. But that reality hasn’t deterred either player during their preparations for professional careers. “My overall goal is to play in the NBA,” Gillon said. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I think I’m good enough. I think I’ve proved myself at every level. I just feel like I belong.” Omogbo is approaching the next chapter of his basketball career with similar confidence as his old teammate. “I’m probably the best rebounder in this draft that nobody’s talking about,” he said. “I feel like I could be next Dennis Rodman on any team I go to.” [...]
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Cavaliers rout Warriors in Game 4 of NBA Finals
CLEVELAND — Golden State’s perfect postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles. The Warriors had planned to party, to pay back Cleveland. Everything’s on hold in the NBA Finals. The comeback Cavaliers are at it again. LeBron James recorded a triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 40 points and the Cavs, bothered by chatter from Golden State’s players, broke scoring records while outperforming the NBA’s most electrifying offense in a testy Game 4 filled with technical fouls Friday night, beating the Warriors 137-116 and snapping their 15-game playoff winning streak. “We have championship DNA,” said James, who broke Magic Johnson’s record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals. “We showed that tonight. We just kept our composure. We shared the ball, we moved the ball and defensively we were physical. It’s one game.” But it’s one they had to have, and a series that wasn’t living up to its hype and seemed headed for a quick conclusion is California bound for Game 5 on Monday night. “Our mindset is to go out there and get one,” James said. Boxscore: Cleveland 137, Golden State 116 The Cavs scored a Finals record 86 points in the first half and then held on during a wild third and fourth quarter that included technical fouls, James jawing with fellow superstar Kevin Durant and Cleveland’s crowd roaring like a jet engine. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. But until the Cavs did it last year, no team had ever rallied from a 3-1 deficit to win the Finals. Cleveland took Game 3 at home, lost Game 4 and then won the final three — Game 7 in Oakland — to capture the city’s first sports championship since 1964. As the final seconds ticked off, Cleveland fans chanted “Cavs in 7.” “Believeland is not going to give up,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, “and we’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to keep scrapping.” The Warriors had swept their first three postseason series, dominated the Cavs for much of the first three games and were 48 minutes away from a title they’ve coveted for a year. Now, Golden State fans are holding their breath. James said his teammates were upset by comments made by fiery Warriors forward Draymond Green. “I didn’t hear it, but some of the other guys heard it and told me that they wanted to celebrate on our floor once again and they wanted to spray champagne in our locker rooms,” James said. “So I just told guys, I didn’t stress anything besides just live in the moment.” Durant, still one win from the coveted championship he left Oklahoma City to get, scored 35 points but got little help from Stephen Curry, who scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting. “Just one of those games,” Curry said. “Not going to overreact to one. Obviously I can play better and want to play better and will play better.” James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and on one trip threw the ball off the backboard to himself for a dunk. When Cleveland’s locker room opened after the game, trainer Mike Mancias was stretching James over a medicine ball. After several minutes, James stopped and performed a dozen lunges before teammate Tristan Thompson came over and playfully asked, “What are you doing?” James said, “I’ve got to start getting ready for the next game now. I mean it.” Kevin Love made six 3-pointers and added 23 points and J.R. Smith knocked down five of Cleveland’s 24 3-pointers, another Finals mark. If not for Cleveland’s Kyle Korver missing a 3-pointer in the final minute of Game 3, the series would be 2-2. In any event, the Cavs are still breathing, and it’s now the Warriors who may be feeling the pressure after blowing a 3-1 lead last June. The third quarter featured a confusing sequence and a scramble on the floor that resulted in two technicals, a friend of James being escorted from the arena and back and forth flurries worthy of a heavyweight boxing match. At one point, it was announced that Green had been given his second technical foul, and security came onto the floor to usher the volatile forward to the locker room. However, a technical assessed to him in the first half was actually called on Warriors coach Steve Kerr, leading to the confusion. Later, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia was involved in a pileup of players and delivered two swipes to Iman Shumpert’s groin area as the referees tried to get control. Pachulia could have been tossed, but was only given a technical, as was Shumpert. Related ArticlesJune 8, 2017 LeBron James not faulting Warriors for building super team June 8, 2017 Cavaliers now must pray the Warriors simply beat themselves June 8, 2017 “I’ve seen that”: The [...]
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