Chris Paul Took Loss to Warriors 'the Hardest'

Chris Paul Took Loss to Warriors 'the Hardest'

Chris Paul Took Loss to Warriors 'the Hardest'

However, James' contract has a player option following the 2018 season, meaning James can decide whether to play one more season in Cleveland or head to free agency. "Just looking forward to the challenge of going out there and helping the team win". You've got to play. It hasn't been pretty for much of these playoffs, a far cry from that remarkable, record-breaking 16-1 romp through last year's postseason.

James had no doubt who would win. "We know what we have here and what we're trying to do".

"Teams have had their opportunities to beat the Cavs over the last four years and teams have had opportunities to beat the Warriors over the last four years", James said.

A Cavs spokesman told ESPN that Love has made progress through the protocol process after entering it four days ago, a outcome of a head-to-head collision with Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Love was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Jeff Green, who stepped up and scored 19 points as the Cavs completed their comeback after trailing 2-0 and 3-2 in the series.

Paul strained his hamstring late in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, and helplessly watched Game 7 from the bench as his team was sent home for the summer by the defending National Basketball Association champs.

That earlier loss at Toronto, by the way, came just four days before Golden State's win at Cleveland in January, at a time when the Cavaliers were mapping in-season changes. "But he is in the protocol still, so we'll see how he feels". "They've been to Game 7s. He's gonna make some tough shots, so we understand that".

Since the playoffs opened, Cleveland has embraced the "Whatever It Takes" mantra that began as a catchy organizational slogan and morphed into a way of survival.

James was referring to a stretch in December and January when the Cavs lost nine of 12 games.

The Cavs and Warriors both have been tested in the playoffs, each coming off a seven-games series.

And because they won a championship in 2016 together, the core four of James, Love, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson share something special.

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"That's just not an easy injury to predict in terms of recovery", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

"No matter what the storyline is going to be, no matter if we're picked to win or not, let's just go out and play".

Korver, 36, is in his second season in Cleveland.

The Warriors and the Cavaliers indeed have some of the best players in the league.

"The level that I can play at is to be seen, but the level I put into the game and put into my craft is who I am", James said.

Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James. They rise to the occasion.

But just because these two teams have met the past three years, that doesn't mean there's nothing to talk about heading into this series.

"So if you are to have any chance of beating them at all, you have to make sure that defensively you're one accord".

James was also not in favor of the Cavs' parting ways with general manager David Griffin last summer.

Though no one appears to believe it will take almost that long. When they lose, it's because Steph Curry played poorly.

Now that's a safe bet.

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