The Cavaliers were down 3-1 in the 2016 NBA Finals, and they won it in seven. Currently, Cleveland is down 3-1 in the 2017 NBA Finals. Can they do it again? While the Cavs are the defending champions, Richard Jefferson believes the pressure is all on the Warriors:
“It’s not on us. Where’s the pressure on us? They had a 73-win team and they added a former MVP (Durant). We added Kyle Korver and Deron Williams. They added an MVP to a 73-win team after being up 3-1 and then KD was up 3-1. The pressure is all on them. We’re the defending champs. We believe that we have enough here to win a championship. We haven’t played great thus far, but there’s no pressure on us. There never has. There’s never been that. It’s been about them proving that last year was a fluke, KD validating the move here, which it’s been validated, but, no. We feel very comfortable.”
I actually believe the pressure is on the Warriors. In the NBA, the best team usually wins. Barring a miracle, the best team will win this series. Unfortunately, for Cleveland, the best team in the NBA is the Golden State Warriors.
Draymond Green’s mom Mary Babers-Green took to Twitter to give her thoughts on game 4. She believes that the referees were paid off. Mama Green probably needs to stop tweeting.
By the way, Cleveland made 24 threes in game 4. No one can control that! Also, the Warriors shot more free throws than Cleveland in game 4. (36 to 31) I’m not saying the referees were good tonight, but I don’t believe they were paid off.
According to Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, the Cavaliers will need a lot of help to beat the Warriors tonight in game 4 of the NBA Finals.
Here is what Cleveland needs to do win, according to Barkley:
Last year, LeBron James fulfilled his promise to Cleveland and won a championship. However, if it were up to the family of “King James,” LeBron still might be in Miami. In an episode of Uninterrupted’s The Shop, James talked about his mom and his wife’s initial reaction when LeBron talked to them about possibly returning to Cleveland in 2014.
“My mama and my wife was like, ‘fu__ that. I ain’t with that.’ My mom was definitely like, ‘fu– that. We ain’t going back,’ explained James.
LeBron’s family did not want him to return to Cleveland because of the nasty letter written by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert when LeBron left Cleveland to go to Miami in 2010. James talked about what he had to do to convince his family why a return to Cleveland was a good thing:
“I had to finally be just like, ‘you know what mom it ain’t even really about that.’ Me going back is more of a bigger picture, and it’s more of all these kids, all these people that need inspiration, and need a way to get out, and I believe I’m that way out. And so, I had to be like as much as like my mom mean everything to me, and my wife mean everything, my kids, my mama she was so like ‘if you go back, I ain’t going back with you.’ she was like, ‘I’m staying in Miami or I’m going somewhere else, send me somewhere else.’ I had to be like, let’s not worry about the small sh–, and let’s worry about us trying to build something bigger than our name.”
Based off what happened last year, LeBron made the right move!
JR Smith must have a lot of confidence in his team, or maybe his Twitter account was hacked. Anyway, shortly after the Cavs game 3 loss, Smith, or someone posted on his Twitter account “Cavs in 7.” Smith denied that he sent the tweet out.
“I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing. I did not tweet that,” Smith explained to cleveland.com.
No team has comeback from a 3-0 deficit in NBA history.
No matter who sent the tweet, this series is over! Maybe the Cavs can grab a game come Friday in game 4.
LeBron James is about to make his eighth NBA Finals appearance; however, he had address something else today. James talked about racism in America after his Los Angeles home was vandalized, including the N-word spray painted on his front gate.
Here is what LeBron had to say:
Heat president Pat Riley knows a lot about the NBA Finals. As a coach, Riley won four championships with the “Showtime” Lakers, and won another one with the 2006 Miami Heat. So, when Pat Riley talks about the NBA Finals, we all have to listen.
Riley told TMZ Sports, that he expects to see a very good NBA Finals:
“I like to see a great finals. I’m about a great finals. I think it’s going to be one of the best ever.”
While LeBron’s seven straight NBA Finals appearances are impressive, Riley did not want us to forget what Magic Johnson did:
“The Lakers with Magic Johnson went to the finals, during “Showtime,” nine times in 12 years,” Riley said to TMZ Sports.
I actually believe LeBron could actually get to nine straight NBA Finals. At this point, the Eastern Conference still does not have a team that can dethrone the Cavs. However, anything is possible.