LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were named the Eastern Conference champions for the third consecutive season after beating the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday at TD Garden. As of now, “The King” wants to cherish the moment and doesn’t want to think about their third NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors.
“I’m going to be honest, I’m not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State,” LeBron James said after scoring 35 points in the Cavs’ 135-102 Game 5 win over the Boston Celtics. “It’s too stressful, and I’m not stressed right now. I’m very happy about our accomplishment. Golden State, they’ve been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP (Kevin Durant). That’s all I can give you right now, because I’m happy and I don’t want to be stressed.”
LeBron James doesn’t want to be stressed thinking about GSW
Since LeBron James returned to Cleveland, the Cavaliers ended their playoff drought and became a legitimate title contender. At 32, James shows no sign of slowing down and continues to establish a monstrous performance every game. Last season, the Cavaliers won their first NBA championship title after overcoming a 3-1 deficit against the 73-9 win Golden State Warriors.
The Cavaliers and the Warriors dominate their respective conferences in the last three seasons. Despite losing the No. 1 seed, the Cavaliers proved that standing doesn’t matter as long as they perform well in the playoffs. Since the season started, most people already predicted the third NBA Finals matchup between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.
After beating the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James wants to relax for a bit before focusing on their next opponent. Coach Tyronn Lue shared the same sentiment as James but said that he’ll immediately start studying about the Warriors.
“To be honest, I didn’t do not one prep for Golden State yet because I really believe that this (Boston) team is a good team and I didn’t want to look too far ahead,” Lue said. “I’m very happy and I’m going to enjoy it until we play Golden State. With that being said, tonight I’ll start my prepping, and we’ll see what happens.”
Can the Cavs defend their throne against the improved GSW?
The Warriors, who blew a 3-1 lead last NBA Finals, are seriously considering taking their revenge against the Cavaliers. Last summer, they succeeded in improving their roster with the acquisition of the former MVP, Kevin Durant. As of now, they emerged as the top favorite to win the NBA Finals.
However, knowing James and the Cavaliers, they will not let the Warriors easily steal their throne. Game 1 of the NBA Finals 2017 will be on June 1 at the Oracle Arena.
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