LeBron James gets 'MVP' ovation in likely Cleveland farewell


Although most of us could have accurately predicted who would win the series coming out of Golden State's Western Conference Finals series with the Houston Rockets, none of could have confidently predicted which Dubs player would make it out with the 2018 Finals MVP trophy. This feels more like reality.

"Klay just Googled himself and it says three-time champion already", Green said as he sat next to Klay Thompson after Game 4, the Wikipedia world having already updated pages with the Warriors' latest championship accomplishment.

But the odds to win the 2019 NBA title posted at the Westgate sports book reflect the most likely landing spots for the four-time NBA MVP and imminent free agent. A win would bring the Cup back to Seattle for the first time since 1917. The thing is Lebron James and Ben Simmons basically have the same style of game though.

"We'll see what happens", James said.

So where will James go?

"We'll get that done pretty quick, I don't think it'll be much to it", Kerr said.

While the Cavaliers are on the brink of losing another series against the Warriors, it is a question of whether they will win a game or sweep.

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For Golden State, though, Friday night's victory moved the franchise into rarefied air. And then you have Draymond [Green], who is arguably one of the best defenders and minds we have in our game. Silver noted that the Cavs and Warriors are the two highest-payrolled teams in the league, once luxury tax penalties are included in the final bill.

Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers knows a good thing when he sees it.

"Certain challenges, some were apparent, some not", Myers said. They can make plays. They could be leaving some money on the table by doing so. That's the beauty of their team.

When James' initial plan for a $200 million contract was foiled by an obscure rule under the old CBA, he helped the players union change that rule in the new CBA.

Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants that provide a ideal musical accompaniment to their 3-point barrages. In between, the Warriors' best option for defending him, Andre Iguodala, returned from an injured left leg after missing the first two games.

Draymond Green added nine points, nine assists and three blocks in the win, which gave Golden State six all-time championships, tying Chicago for the third-most in National Basketball Association history behind Boston (17) and the Los Angeles Lakers (16). 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.

Kevin Love had 13 points, while JR Smith and Rodney Hood chipped in with 10 apiece for Cleveland, which shot just 34.5 percent from the field and 8-for-27 from behind the 3-point line.