For the Third Time in Three Titles, Stephen Curry’s Greatness Goes Unrecognized

Saturday, 09 Jun, 2018

"It's a great feeling to be back here". 2012 - 2013: Lost Western Conference Semi-Finals to San Antonio Spurs in Game 6.

Following the game, he sat quietly in his corner locker with a towel draped over his head.

And as for the Irving trade, the point guard wanted out of Cleveland because he was exhausted of being in LeBron's shadow, when James didn't step up and demanding to the Cavs organization that Irving not be traded, it said a lot about their relationship.

"The next person who walks up to me and says LeBron James, who is amazing, amazing, is as good as good as Michael Jordan or competes like Michael Jordan, I'm just going to slap the hell out of you right on the spot". James reportedly played the rest of the series with a hand contusion that limited his ability to shoot.

In the 2018 Playoffs, the game's greatest player averaged 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 22 contests - topping the 40-point plateau eight times, including his 51-point outburst against the Warriors, and a pair of buzzer-beaters over in and Toronto. The Cavs did overcome a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Finals against these same Warriors.

The title - all but assured given Golden State's 3-0 lead in this seven-game series - will come at the expense of their top rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Finals MVP award up for grabs, I expect Curry to bounce back from his rough shooting night in Game 3 and lead the Warriors to an easy win to cap off the season. So numerous Warriors' comically open looks are the result of Curry's gravity, and those stats aren't quite as easy to measure as points per game or field-goal percentage.

Ahead of Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Shaw shared some of his favorite shots from four years of covering the Warriors and Cavaliers as they battle for the NBA championship, and spoke with Business Insider about the difficulties, logistics, and joys of the job.

But Steph seemed to be on a mission to finally claim it as he was the Warriors' best player in the opening two games and also broke the record for the most three-pointers in a Finals game with nine.

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Cleveland finished in fourth place in the East during a tumultuous season of roster upheaval, and was 29th all year on defense. The Cleveland Cavaliers haven't played since Sunday and are coming off a seven-game series with the Boston Celtics .

James is expected to decline his $35.6-million player option and become a free agent. ". [I] pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand".

The 33-year-old American, playing in his eighth consecutive finals, said he had "no idea at this point" about his future and would consider the decision with his family. "Sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of what I decide to do".

Playing 41 minutes, Bron finished with 23 points, 8 dimes and 7 rebounds.

"It feels great to go out there and win a championship with these guys the way we did it".

Stephen Curry already has as many baskets in the first quarter of Game 4 as in all of Game 3.

Though this year, the journey to another Finals matchup proved particularly treacherous for both teams.

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the NBA championship. James still shot 49% from the field over the last three games, but just 27% on three-point attempts with fewer than four attempts per game.

Game 1 of the Finals threw that finding into stark relief. James averaged 34 points in his 13th postseason, his second-highest total.