OAKLAND, Sporting Alert – It’s the finish everyone wanted to see.
A Game 7 in the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland.
A bullish LeBron James has led the Cavaliers to an unlikely Game 7, after the Eastern Conference champions recovered from a 3-1 deficit to even the series at 3-3.
“He’s made two good plays on the fast break, and obviously tonight on the block, made great defensive plays,” said Curry.
“I mean, he’s had two great games to keep his team alive. You know, that’s what he’s supposed to do.”
Stepping into Sunday’s finale, James will continue his battle with Stephen Curry, but who will come out on top after 48-minutes?
Will we see James cement his spot in history by helping the Cavaliers becoming the first team in history to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals or will Curry and the Warriors win successive championships?
The two superstars exchanged a few words during the Cavs’ 115-101 win in Game 6, but both players played down any so-called building rivalry.
“A competitive conversation,” LeBron calls the chat.
Curry added: “Normal basketball talk.”
James, who is coming off back-to-back 41 point performances in Game 5 and Game 6, is desperate to deliver a trophy for his city, but the four-time MVP will need his supporting cast to rally behind him away from home.
Golden State, which set an NBA regular season record-setting term, opens as 5-point favourites for Sunday’s matchup with the Cavaliers, while the game’s total is sitting at 208.
James stepped up and deliver for his team when its back was against the wall, while Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson have been excellent in their role as well.
But while the Cavaliers are primed for another attack, the Warriors enter Game 7 with some concerns.
Starting centre Andrew Bogut, we already know is out for the series with a knee injury, but there are lingering concerns over the health of Andre Iguodala.
Iguodala suffered from back pains during Game 6 and reports are saying that the veteran forward could be limited or even out for Game 7.
He claims that he is fine and does plan to play on Sunday, but as it was in Game 6 when he became a liability for his team on both offense and chasing back on defense, is it even wise for Steve Kerr to consider using him.
Regardless of what Iguodala says or does, there is no way he will be 100-percent and it is my understanding that if he’s on the court, the Cavs will test his health and attack him.
If he’s not on the court, the travellers will use it to their advantage.
Harrison Barnes, who came in for a bit of a criticism for his performances in the NBA Finals this year, is visibly struggling, and will need to start hitting his shots again.
NOTES AND POINTS
Cavaliers: are 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Warriors: are 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home