LeBron at 'all-time level' for 8th straight NBA Finals

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LeBron at 'all-time level' for 8th straight NBA Finals

The Cavaliers dropped both meetings against Golden State this year, but they still got rock-solid performances from Kevin Love in both.

And the Warriors have won the opening game in the last three NBA Finals against the Cavs. And his Cleveland Cavaliers are massive underdogs in the NBA Finals.

After falling to the Warriors in five games last June, the Wine & Gold have undergone two separate facelifts - dealing Kyrie Irving over the summer and then dealing half of those assets at the Trade Deadline.

But those days are long gone and reporters were keen to know if his brief cameo in the Game 7 loss to Golden State would be his last outing.

Don't get me wrong: There will still be plenty of talk over the next two weeks about what James will do July 1 and the growing belief that he'll be leaving his home-state Cavaliers this offseason to join a team better suited to consistently challenge Golden State. One of the Warriors' biggest annoyances during the Western Conference finals was P.J. Tucker.

In addition to the Rockets' longstanding interest in free agent-to-be LeBron James, another noteworthy longtime target of general manager Daryl Morey is Paul George, two league sources told Rockets Wire. An occasion this momentous and the journey leading up to it certainly calls for commemoration, so Under Armour is paying homage to Chef Curry's trials and tribulations on the way to the Finals with two commemorative Curry 5s: a white/gold entitled the "Takeover Edition 1" and a black/gold dubbed the "Takeover Edition 2".

Come Game 7, Paul still wasn't cleared to play.

Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals kicks off Thursday on ABC in Oakland. Golden State could have really used his calming presence, and his injury prevented the use of the Hamptons 5 and resulted in minutes for Kevon Looney, Nick Young, and Quinn Cook.

Beyond the fact that some people may just be bored with this seemingly annual event, there is the larger question of whether the Cavaliers can muster enough from King James' court to create any true competitive drama. Kevin Durant and Jeff Green are those players, and they'll face off in the 2018 NBA Finals.

The Rockets played a tough series, but one thing I refuse to engage in is a "what if" game of hypotheticals.

James has willed his Cavs this far, saying, "I don't know how I can compare it to other seasons because I can only think about this one in the present". And, if they kept Isaiah Thomas, they wouldn't have had him either, Instead, they got solid role players like Hill, Nance and Clarkson who have helped them to get to the Finals.

The Cavs finished their series Sunday at Boston, so James spent a relaxing Memorial Day with family having a barbecue.

It's rare to see a player admit they had doubts about the season. The feeling of not knowing if your team will pull out a series victory.

Randall recorded 144 tackles, 10 interceptions and one fumble recovery in 39 career games since the Packers selected him with the 30th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

James considers Golden State among the greatest teams ever and insists each side has earned this.

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