LeBron James

It wasn’t the farewell most sports writers predicted as LeBron James put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back and carried the depleted team to a 4th straight NBA Finals appearance against formidable foes, the Golden State Warriors.



The Warriors are 2-1 over LeBron in NBA Finals titles.

LeBron finished game 7 with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a tough road win over the Boston Celtics to clinch the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant needed the assistance of the referees to put away James Harden and the Houston Rockets. he Rockets lost Chris Paul to a hamstring injury in game 5.

The Celtics’ post-season wasn’t supposed to end like this. With a perfect 10-0 home court advantage, Boston was slightly favored heading into game 7 on Sunday.

The Celtics were poised to break LeBron’s streak despite the loss of two key starters, shooting guard Kyrie Irving (knee surgery in March) and Gordon Hayward, who broke his ankle in the season opener against these same Cavaliers.

But Cleveland was also shorthanded. All-Star Kevin Love was ruled out with a concussion after bumping heads with Boston’s forward Jayson Tatum in game 6.

Game 7 was expected to be a blowout after the Celtics won their 1st 3 games against Cleveland by an average of 17 points.

But Cleveland had LeBron James, who looked to extend his streak of 7 straight NBA Finals appearances.

“You’ve got to be poised. You’ve got to be able to handle a punch or two,” LeBron said. “We know it’s challenging. They’re 10-0 on their home floor, and they’ve been very successful against us, obviously, at home. But if you love challenges, then this is a great opportunity.”

If the Celtics were concerned about LeBron blocking their path to the NBA Finals, they didn’t show it.

“We know LeBron is different than a lot of other guys, but we’ve got to get the job done,” Celtics guard Terry Rozier said. “That’s no excuse, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Cleveland forward Larry Nance, Jr. was optimistic of the team’s chances on Sunday.

“I think (coach Tyronn Lue) said it best: ‘We’re going into a Game 7 with the baddest dude on the planet on our team.’ I like our chances.”

Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals is Thursday in Oakland.

Photos by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images, Adam Glanzman/Getty Images, Maddie Meyer/Getty Images



  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    black excellence

  • FukkFolks2018

    The Celtics’ post-season wasn’t supposed to end like this.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Um yes the hell it was. Anyone including Stevie Wonder can see this shit is fixed year after year. The team that wins has to pretend they are overcoming some type of “adversity” and then come out looking like the “hero”/winner. Bc they “struggled” so bad to get here.

    In this case the departure of Kyrie to the opponent. The mess with Tristan. The “injuries”. Wtf ever.

    Pro b’ball is becoming MORE AND MORE like the fukking WWE or some shit. They MAY AS WELL ADD fictional story lines and scripts.

    I am a lifelong huge fan. HUGE. Grande. I will still be watching. But lets STOP actin like these NBA games are not fixed. Please.

    *drops mic*

  • wonderwoman

    LeBron did his thing, I have to give him his props. He’s a bad man.???

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Meanwhile, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant needed the assistance of the referees to put away James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
    ______________________
    The refs didn’t make the Rockets miss 29/30 3s tho…When your game is off, your game is just…OFF!

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Girl! I live in the Bay/work in Oakland and am tired of this matchup!

  • MookieFly

    Whoever drew that picture of Lebron was very generous…

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    This is indicative of every day life and how society automatically puts younger over experienced. I kept telling my bro and a cousin, Lebron nem gone take it. Nobody said them young boys aint gonna give em a run for their money. Experience will always prevail.

    Corporate America, the same goes for you idiots. Young is fresh, but lack the experience. Congrats to Lebron nem.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Same with them/Warriors! Ayesha got suddenly bumped and heckled by a fan. Start of season…Coach may or may NOT retire. Steph was “injured”.

    See? Fake ass adversity.

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Comedy. I used to say this way back in the day. I always believed all have to act through the first 3 games for sure cuz all them damn expensive tickets are sold. If either side is up 3 games, they must throw game 4 so that it looks like a series. I swear I’ve been saying for years this stuff fake.

    All that aside though, I knew the Celtics were not going to take it, fake or faux.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What isn’t accurate about the pic?

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I love that graphic. I wish I could put something like that together at moment’s notice. Pure talent.

    LOL at your comment. Nothing an hour long comb over and a sharpie can’t try to handle.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    His hair?

  • Phillybruh

    Golden state in 6, my kid bet his summer camp on Cleveland. Somebodies going to Learn Ballet and Jazz instead of Trips and swimming…lol

  • FukkFolks2018

    They weren’t going to bc there is no way the second star is going to be able to leave and take the next team he is on… all the way. Whether surgery, deviated septum (reason he cited for Missing Game 7) or any of it. I’m over it. I watch for athleticism of the players. Das it. And I bet. So I like to know before I go to bed, if I owe or need to collect

  • FukkFolks2018

    That he is carrying a whole ass team on his back. I’m tired of JR Smith not getting the recognition he deserves, and Tristan a fukked up person, but a helleva player. Korver. Love. But I’m schleep.?

  • Mellsvoice

    That’s too cute. My son made the same prediction. He’s 7 and such a Lebron fan.

  • FukkFolks2018

    The refs didnt but the extra bonus you are getting to all of a sudden miss isnt off.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Sorry but Cavs winning it. Pains me to say it.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Agreed. I’m a Warriors (and Kings) fan, but they struggled this year. So did the Cavs. How they both made it to the ‘ship AGAIN when the Celtics and Rockets were the better teams the entire season is crazy.

  • Phillybruh

    Nah, Golden state got too many weapons that they can turn on at anytime and all those weapons can shoot 3 pointers.

  • Julia Lyons

    Congratulations to the Bronvaliers!!!

  • Coy little wink

    Go Cavs!!!! Haters gonna hate ?

  • Phillybruh

    After this season, I’m moving over to the Sixers, they were just fun too watch this season.

  • FukkFolks2018

    I like them. Ben Simmons

  • SpillyNillie

    Said this since Game 5 of the Rockets and Warriors. My city was so hype meanwhile I was chilling on my bed like New York. I knew the Warriors would win. Shit is rigged. The league wants to see James and Curry AGAIN…

  • Phillybruh

    He didn’t get enough credit this season.

  • MoniquetheGeek

    I feel it. There was a 3 Harden DID hit and was waved off, called a foul on the floor (but he WAS in the act of shooting). Shot free throws ONLY cause the Warriors was over the foul limit.

  • FukkFolks2018
  • MookieFly

    Thank you! That line up look crisp as hell and far from the truth lol

  • SpillyNillie

    Straight like dat

  • FukkFolks2018

    +1

  • FukkFolks2018

    This!!!

  • MookieFly

    Lol the actual art is beautifully done but that don’t even look like Lebron. Lined up his beard and everything. Who is this moderately attractive man with all his hair follicles cus it ain’t Bron lmao

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Congrats, LeBron :-)
    – from LeBrick

  • more

    Your saying that the winner is acting??

  • more

    Dead @ follicles!! Lmaoo

  • king shun

    ballet smh

  • more

    You are savage!

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Um… In that case, there would be no upsets in the playoffs. But upsets do happen, dont they? So what does that mean.. the players weren’t following the script?

    So do people think the NBA sends teams memos (or huddles up and has private conversations with them) telling them who’s supposed to win and who’s supposed to lose? …And the players just take these instructions and win/lose based on what the league tells them to do? SMH

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Petty!!!

  • Rayne

    Welp LeBron carrying them and I carried 4 plates of bbq home yesterday. Yes I did!

  • Dowoop

    They even put Lue on his back…lmao

  • Phillybruh

    In a tutu and everything. Prancing all around the room all summer!

  • Kemi

    Whatever team wins… congrats!! (GSW)

  • Dowoop

    Yup! I was telling my husband it’s guaranteed to go to 7 games for both Cleveland and Golden State but in the end it will be them against the other in the finals.

  • Dowoop

    Or the loser

  • Dowoop

    A head full of hair on the top instead of it looking like an upside down fade.

  • Dowoop

    I agree with everything but Tristan Thompson.

  • king shun

    great than the feds will start watching

  • king shun

    i hope you chipped in before hand

  • Phillybruh

    Why?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Wow.

    Cleveland in 6 !!

    But it would have been a more interesting final if Houston had won.

  • iWasteTime

    Bron has been in the finals my sons whole life.
    Time JR also thinks that GSW v. Cav is an annual event. … ugh

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I agree with you but why did they barely win the series?

    I think that Houston could have won in 6 if Paul had not had his hamstring injury.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So you think that Cleveland would be in the Finals without LeBron?

  • Fire & Ice

    ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Why? on a Monday morning of all times?

  • Phillybruh

    Did they barely win, they took control in the 3rd like the always do and never let up. If Houston wanted to win last night they should have slowed the pace and been up by more than 15 at the half.

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah I’m ready for some new teams in the finals. This Cleveland team is not as good as Golden State.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    True but again they only had one leader on the floor.
    Little Chris was pouting on the sidelines.

  • FukkFolks2018

    At least the playoffs. Maybe not Finals.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Both

  • FukkFolks2018

    When was the last time it was a major upset in the NBA playoffs? NCAA yes. Cinderella teams happen every year. But the word “dynasty” is used in NBA more…why?

  • FukkFolks2018

    And the players just take these instructions and win/lose based on what the league tells them to do?
    ^^^
    Umm yea

  • MookieFly

    *Tuesday

    But yes I am turnt da funk up!

  • JV

    Rockets blew that. The odds of an NBA team missing that many 3’s in a row is 1 in 72,000( https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-odds-of-the-rockets-missing-that-many-3s-1-in-72000/ ) . Cavs may have been one Chris Paul jumpshot at the end of game 5 away from playing the Rockets instead. Smh. Houston had a heck of a team and would’ve been heavy favorites anyway, but still. Hate the freaking Warriors..

  • Renee Raquel
  • Logan Roberts

    LeBron ???

  • kekeb

    Graphic is HILARIOUS!!

  • JV

    I agree with your overall point, but I will say that there is a severe lack of parity in the NBA, and that feeds people’s perceptions that it’s rigged. It’s not like MLB or the NFL where upsets are more common. In the NBA, over a 7 game series, talent almost always wins out.

  • JV

    “But the word “dynasty” is used in NBA more…”
    Like I was telling LeBrick above, talent almost always wins out. There’s very little variance in the NBA compared to other sports, and you can’t scheme against a guy like LeBron because he’s too good at everything. Also, Kevin Durant ruined everything by being a coward >:-(

  • Logan Roberts

    ?.

  • Logan Roberts

    Capricorn goat to be exact ?

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I agree. And Lebron and company won because by their talent the were clawed their way to that victory, not because the NBA rigged it for him to get to the Finals.
    All these guys are professionals and want to win a ring. They were all battling out there. I’m not going to believe for a second that the Celtics players let LeBron win becuase they got instructions from the top to “let” him win. But that what the conspiracy theorists would have you believe.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    At one point they went 0 for 27 on 3-point shots.
    I was rooting for them, but they choked big time.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Bron Bron(whom I worked with in a Nike commercial)has ALWAYS been a powerhouse beyond his years in looks and performance.

  • Birdman24

    With what the hairline?

  • JV

    That Boston made it to Game 7 without Kyrie and Gordon should tell you everything. Like, I like Rozier because he’s a local kid and Tatum’s probably a multi-All Star (wow did Philly blow that trade) but none of these guys are truly #1 scorers. And even with Kyrie they were still a middling offensive team. They were running an offense through Al Horford, lol.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Is that supposed to be Lebron up top?

  • FukkFolks2018

    I actually was up here the main person hollering it isnt rigged 2-3 seasons ago. But I truly believe it is the more I looked at old highlights and old odds to win faves, the amount of times a dynasty of the time was prevelant (Lakers, Chicago, Pistons, Celts etc). Hey. Im normally NOT like this. You been here long enough to know I follow logic and facts really hard. I dont even LIKE consipiracy theories.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    basically, yes.

  • Thingamajig

    That’s a funky animation.

  • more

    damn!!!! strong theory !

  • Dowoop

    I know right!

  • Sleepy One

    True but the refs were horrible

  • Sleepy One

    Its rigged

  • Sleepy One

    Nope

  • Doink_Ahanahue

    The refs were terrible but come on. The Rockets were playing the wrong type of desperation ball. Taking unnecessary 3s, Just throwing up anything and hoping it went in… They were not mentally there

  • Sleepy One

    I hope Lebron sweep they asses, that’ll be a great upset. I cant stand Steph or Green

  • Sleepy One

    Yep

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I can’t stand Draymond with his monkey looking arse.
    I noticed that he has stopped hitting opposing players in their junk.
    Old dirty playing bastid.

  • Crazy tee

    Who cares sick of him with his fugly looking self…