After a monstrous triple double LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers have a commanding 3-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals due to defeating the Atlanta Hawks 114-111 in overtime. Just as Game 3, Game 4 will be held in Cleveland.
The Cavs have had little trouble playing the Atlanta Hawks who have been banged up. Hawks G/F Kyle Korver, who missed game 3, will miss the remainder of the postseason due to an ankle sprain. Every team is banged up this time of year. Kyrie Irving, the All-star guard for the Cavs has been out with a sore knee. His status is really uncertain at this point. Why rush him into a game when the Cavs may coast to a sweep of the Hawks?
The Golden State Warriors have dominated the Houston Rockets and also have a 3-0 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. It’s only a matter of time, Golden State appears to be the best team in the West.
So, it looks more and more like it may be a series between the best team in the League, Golden State with a 67-15 regular season record– against the league’s best player, LeBron James.
Ever since James declared his love again for Cleveland, the ante has been way up for the Cavs to do something big. James, said in his well noted letter when he stated his desire to return to Cleveland, that building a contending team “wasn’t going to be easy.” Management assembled the best players it could, cajoling Kevin Love to come to Cleveland.
In fact, mid-season acquisitions have been critical to the Cavs’ success. They got Timofey Mosgov from Denver to replace the injured Anderson Varejo. And, found Iman Shumpert and JR Smith from the NY Knicks. Shumpert and Smith have both been a revelation for the Cavs. They have played to their strengths and have truly helped Cleveland get on a 2nd half roll. Smith had a great game vs. the Hawks when he scorched them for 28 points.
LeBron wants to win a Title for his hometown team. The question is can he do it vs. the Warriors and Stephen Curry, the MVP of the League this past season? We will soon find out.