Blame LeBron James For Kyrie Irving Trade? Stephen A. Smith Says ‘Yes’

Elena Summers
June 1, 2018

James went on to praise the Warriors, who have won two championships over the last three years in 2015 and 2017 - and are highly favorited to beat the Cavaliers again this time around.

Just the night before Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Nike released a new commercial showing a young LeBron James getting his famous "Chosen 1" tattoo. The two teams are playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year.

Hey, while we're at it, maybe San Antonio would've knocked off the champs previous year in the Western Conference finals if not for Zaza Pachulia sliding under Kawhi Leonard's bum ankle in Game 1. Both teams needed to survive Game 7s on the road to win their conference championships, winning those clinchers in shorthanded fashion - no Andre Iguodala for Golden State, no Kevin Love for Cleveland.

The widely held belief that Golden State has a far better team than Cleveland had reporters wondering how Van Gundy could "sell this thing coming out of the gates and get people excited about this". So I definitely want to make an impact, but we'll see how that goes.

In the Warriors' Western Conference finals Game 7 victory Monday against Houston, Durant had 21 of his game-high 34 points in the second half while Curry scored 19 of his 27 after the break.

We won't know if or how Randall will have to pay up for his end of the deal until the Finals conclude, and thankfully for him, the Cavaliers' chances look rather slim - Cleveland is the biggest Finals underdog in 16 years according to Las Vegas bookmakers.

He's a three-time National Basketball Association champion, a four-time MVP, a three-time Finals MVP and a 14-time All-Star. Love believes he's already hit one in Cleveland.

Love had a huge game against the Warriors on Christmas with 31 points and 18 rebounds, but has largely struggled in the Finals against Golden State. It's safe to expect James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant to be spectacular in this series. It's easy to take his performance for granted, as we're so used to it, but this may be the last time Cleveland fans are able to witness James leading the Cavs to the Finals. He's taller, he's a better defender, and his offensive game is more well-rounded.

Durant is the type of player who can turn a close game into a blowout in a matter of minutes, and the Cavs will have to come up with a plan to at least try to slow him down a little. "I'm not so sure that they are not the second-best team in the business, and we'll see how it plays out".

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