Kevin Durant discusses comparisons to LeBron James

Kevin Durant discusses comparisons to LeBron James

(Updated 12:52 PM with viewership numbers) The Stanley Cup Finals hit the ice for Game 1 between newbies the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals in Sin City on NBC, but the real sports showdown last night was on TNT in Game 7 of the National Basketball Association playoffs' Western Conference Finals.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers stands on the court in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Cousins, a noted foe of officials, couched his critique inside a metaphor.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers are being given little - or no - chance of winning their fourth straight NBA Finals matchup against the Golden State Warriors, who have been installed by Las Vegas bookmakers as the heaviest favourites in the past 16 years.

Said Van Gundy, who coached 12 seasons in the NBA and will be calling his 12th NBA Finals as an analyst: "This is the biggest difference that I remember between two teams heading into the Finals in my time in the NBA". They have less depth than years past, and James has to create everything on offense. While unwinding long after the win with Morton's The Steakhouse cuisine and a cold one, Kerr responded to those words by saying, "We would have won the series in five if Iggy played".

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While Love has been solid, Smith and Thompson haven't always come through this season for Cleveland. Unfortunately, Ty Lue can't be counted on to get him in the game when LeBron gets desperate for help.

"I hate when people say that", Curry said, per USA Today. "Even when they're struggling, I just have confidence and a belief that when we need those guys, and we call on those guys, they'll be ready and they'll produce".

The Western Conference finals ended up defined by a seemingly innocuous moment late in Game 5. The Cavs are actually down a superstar, after trading Kyrie Irving. Based on that, we would expect the Warriors to beat the Cavaliers 86 percent of the time at home and 66 percent of the time on the road. With James a free agent, Cleveland may see its last, if not its best, shot to win another championship for many years.

Now that's a safe bet.

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