The NBA Finals Cavs vs Warriors shift to Cleveland for Game of the series on June, but the change of venue may not matter that much to a ridiculously stacked Golden State Warriors squad.
Will Cleveland be able to make this a series? Find out by watching it all unfold on ABC’s nationally televised broadcast, or live-stream the game online at Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have discovered an on-court chemistry in the playoffs that took them nearly the entire regular season to realize. Durant’s addition to a 73-win Golden State Warriors team sometimes left Curry taking a backseat to the four-time scoring champ early in the season, but the playoffs have been a different story as the duo has powered Golden State to a 14-0 start.
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about the journey his two superstar players have taken in order to get to the point where their games are in perfect harmony. The reigning coach of the year pointed to the transition LeBron James and Dwyane Wade underwent in order for their talents to mesh with the Heat.
“The example I would probably give you would be like Miami with Wade and LeBron,” Kerr told reporters Tuesday. “I think that was a much tougher transition because you’re talking about two guys who generally in their careers to that point had been kind of point forward types, neither one was really a three-point shooter at the time.
“So they had – it took them a good year, I thought, to figure out how to play together. And then they did it beautifully.
“But with Steph and K.D., you’re talking about guys who handle the ball, who shoot from range, who cut, who are kind of used to playing off the ball, so that the transition I think was pretty smooth. It did take a little bit of time, but for the most part their talents fit together pretty naturally.”
Curry has led the Warriors in scoring in the postseason, averaging 28.8 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor, 43 percent from deep and 92 percent from the free-throw line. Durant has also been lethal in the playoffs, averaging 26.9 points, on 56 percent shooting from the floor, 44 percent from beyond the arc and 88 percent from the line.
Cavs vs Warriors: The Cavs are getting a firsthand look at the chemistry Curry and Durant have developed, and it’s led Cleveland to two demoralizing losses as the defending champs face a virtual must-win Game 3 on Wednesday. Kevin Durant and LeBron James are currently giving each other their best shot as they battle for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but not too long ago the NBA superstar duo teamed up not on the court but in the studio.
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Durant and James reportedly recorded a rap song in 2011, and a recording company in Ohio named Spider Studios is giving fans a brief taste of what it sounds like.
The studio apparently will release the entire song if the tweet gets 1 million likes. Less than 24 hours after sending it out amid reports of the existence of the song Monday, it has received nearly 4,500 likes, a far cry from the studio’s goal. It’s been widely assumed around the NBA since the draft lottery that the Lakers will select hometown kid Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick, but a report emerged over the weekend claiming that some within the Lakers organization weren’t convinced that Ball will be a star in the NBA.
According to Colin Cowherd, there’s a reason that story leaked ahead of the NBA Draft — and the Lakers were behind it. The Lakers want the Celtics to think they aren’t interested in Lonzo Ball
“Never forget that when a story breaks early, there’s a reason a story breaks early.
“This weekend, a ‘source’ says the Lakers expect to have Lonzo Ball for a solo workout, but that they are not sold on Lonzo Ball. That was a report this weekend.
“That’s cute. What’s the story behind the story?
“The Lakers want that story out.”
Boston could put the Lakers into a tough position
“The Lakers don’t want to appear desperate for Lonzo Ball. They don’t want to appear locked into Lonzo Ball, because the Celtics have the No. 1 pick. They are, historically, their arch-rival — and Magic, Rob Pelinka and the Lakers don’t want to get used by the Celtics, who could threaten to take Lonzo [and] put the Lakers in a very precarious position. “That’s number one. Number two is that LaVar Ball… he already has leverage. He has the prized asset, his son. The Lakers want to keep their distance. They don’t want to have to give him suites, seats, parking spots, any demands. They don’t want to give him any, any leverage before the draft.” “So there’s a story out there that the Lakers are ‘not sold’ on Lonzo Ball…. Let me tell you something. Do you know why this is leaking? This is leaking because Lonzo Ball has the leverage, not the Lakers.
“You think the Lakers have the leverage? No, they don’t. Lonzo Ball has the leverage here. He is instant commerce. Lonzo’s going to have a nice career without the Lakers. The Lakers have not had momentum in years, that’s why they signed Kobe Byant (in 2013). Time Warner was demanding they give them a star, because Time Warner pays the Lakers a lot every year. It’s a massive deal. Time Warner said ‘Sign Kobe or no money, we’re not signing a deal.’ The Lakers need Lonzo, both for business and basketball
“Lonzo Ball has all the leverage here. He is commerce. The Lakers will set every NBA summer league attendance and TV rating record if Lonzo Ball is a Laker.
“So this report that the Lakers aren’t interested, or are not locked in to Lonzo Ball is laughable. They need him more than he needs them.”