LeBron undaunted by challenge of facing Warriors in Finals

These are tough times we live in.

Here's some background information about the NBA Finals. That would certainly push the Celtics closer to competitive territory with the Cavs and Warriors in the win shares category, but they're still a distant third.

While this may be unprecedented in the National Basketball Association, it has happened once before in the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball with matchups that included some of those sports' biggest stars.

And now, with Durant and Brown infused, these two teams meet for the third straight time on the sport's biggest stage - a ideal script navigating them to this point in history.

It's unlikely the two will be matched up against each other often this year - the Warriors are more likely to cross-match and put Green on James - but it will be a compelling storyline.

Who isn't consumed with this?

James played in his 212th career postseason game on Thursday night, when the Cavaliers met the Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. Danny (Ainge) was right there, I couldn't get past him. I'm very happy about our accomplishment.

More than any other team in the league, the Cavaliers are built to give Golden State trouble. "But nobody's going to feel sorry for me".

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That hardly sounds like James, who not too long ago declared his confidence by noting, "I'm the best player in the world".

With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan's 5,987 playoff points. That was the testament, that was the turn of how special they could be. Tristen Thompson has learned to shoot free throws and still tosses bodies around under the rim. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2. So whatever they have to do to continue to play at not just a normal level, at an MVP level, that's what I've been on them doctors about, and everybody on that training staff is. They're coming out and their hitting us, and they don't care who you are.

So with that behind them, what do the Cavs have to worry about? Actually, it doesn't even keep you in the NFL. Golden State is the first team to win all 12 of their contests entering the championship round since the National Basketball Association switched to its current format in 2003. A year ago the NBA Finals went seven games before Cleveland emerged the champ, having erased a 3-1 deficit. But there's a bigger question looming, speaking of titles: Is James threatening Jordan's title of Greatest of all Time? We're really waiting on the swelling to go down to see what the number one option is.

"Throughout the series, I didn't get the opportunity to have that moment (with Thomas)", James said Thursday night. And then we go from there and attack that, whatever it may be. There was nearly too much historical context to dissect, and so James did what his instincts told him to do.

"Since I fell down in March, I think that's what aggravated it", he explained.

"Yeah, it's a little different, definitely", he said after the Warriors completed their Western Conference final sweep of the San Antonio Spurs. But honestly, probably not.

James called the Warriors, "the best team in our league the last three years". I think you've found two great teams. Enjoy the show. Realize you are seeing history.


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