"The way we played, the calls that were made, I had emotions that the game was taken away from us", James said. He is rumored to be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers or the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether you get the job done or not, we all want to show up and do our jobs at a high level, because that's what got us all to where we are today as individual players and as a team. Check the scoreboard above and click on the stats link. Golden State is National Basketball Association champs for the third time in four years, all against Cleveland, and celebrated at The Q for the second time. Their poor effort in the second half at home of a Finals sweep led to plenty of criticism.
But if it happens, at least he'll be in elite company.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James played the last three games of the NBA Finals with a significant and "self-inflicted" right hand injury following the team's Game 1 overtime loss in Oakland. "If one of them has a bad game, they have three or four guys that can actually pick up the load".
"Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", James told reporters in the press conference.
J.R. Smith proved in the last two Finals that he just isn't the player that he once was.
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James, 33, has carried the Cavs all season to the finals and is averaging just shy of a triple-double per game this series. This season featured entirely too much drama, and the Warriors took advantage with a clean sweep in the 2018 NBA Finals.
For Golden State, though, Friday night's victory moved the franchise into rarefied air.
James could be packing up and leaving his native northeast OH once again. But in the modern era of hoops - where a 73-win team can add a future Hall of Famer - a team like the Warriors can weather a combined performance like Wednesday night's.
A bounce here, a couple stops there, the Cavs could be leading in these finals and the conversation would be different. James paid his dues to Cleveland. But he's not going anywhere, even mentally, until this series is over.
"I'm going to approach this summer with the right mindset", James said via The New York Times after that loss. "Tomorrow I'll replay some plays and some moments, things of that nature".
"I came back because I felt like I had unfinished business, and to be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team we had in the fashion we had is something I'll always remember", James said.