Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Could this be LeBron James’ final home game in Cleveland?

Draymond Green Le Bron james Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/8/18 Free NBA Finals Game 4 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Lucia Summers | 09 June, 2018, 19:02

"It's a great feeling to be back here". His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots the ball against Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

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

ClevelandLeBron James walked into his final interview of the NBA Finals with one last surprise: A dark brace on his right hand, covering an injury he's hidden for a week.

"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games, probably one of the greatest playoff runs that we'll ever see from an individual, to carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and as a player", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gushed of James.

LeBron James played through the NBA Finals with a serious right hand injury that he sustained after Game 1, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Months of weight will lifted off him once the Warriors, who haven't lost four straight games since 2013, are crowned again. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard.

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.

By the start of the fourth, the only question was whether Curry would win his first NBA Finals MVP or if it would go to Durant for the second year in a row.

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It was Durant's 28th consecutive playoff game with 20 or more points.

The win added to the Golden State Warriors' victories in 2015 and 2017 and was the first finals clean sweep since the Cavs were demolished by San Antonio Spurs in 2007.

Only Bill Russell's Boston Celtics, the "Showtime" Lakers and the Los Angeles squad led by Kobe and Shaq, and Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls have been as dominant in such a short period of time.

That means the Warriors get two chances to bring on an early summer: If they lose Game 4, they'll play host to Game 5 on June 11.

As mentioned before James can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

Asked if he had played his last game for the Cavs, he told reporters at a post-match press conference: "I have no idea at this point. Sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of what I decide to do".

While the National Basketball Association is not entirely immune to upsets, it is hard to see another team solving a Warriors squad which boasts an offence that rivals the greatest in the league's history. The team he came up against is the sort that can turn JaVale McGee and Nick Young into champions.

James said his decision to bolt from the Cavs the first time was simple. "Not winning four, but winning Game 4, so that's all we're going to focus on". Became the ninth team to sweep the finals. James averaged 34 points in his 13th postseason, his second-highest total.

The one variable that could potentially change all of this, though, is James's family. "They move at such a pace, and they have five guys on the floor that can dribble, pass and shoot".

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