LeBron James passed Michael Jordan in career playoff scoring Thursday night against the Celtics and now has 5,995 points scored in the postseason. At 32 years old, we know James has several more playoff series in him, and that’s why Richard Jefferson believes James just made himself immortal in the record books.
Once the dust settles, and the moves are made, will it even matter? Will anyone be able to compete with the Warriors next season?
The Spurs, who seem interested in Porzingis, and have been linked with pending free agent Chris Paul, would certainly be upgraded with those two moves, but wouldn’t have the chemistry of Golden State.
The Cavs are in a tenuous state trying to balance James’ situation. Cleveland is stuck in between wondering if it should try to win now, or keep an eye on building for the future.
Boston remains the most dangerous long-term threat to Golden State with a collection of solid veterans and high draft picks. But this is a pivotal offseason for the Celtics. They need to get another star.
Rumor season is certainly fun in sports, especially the NBA these days, yet it seems as though the Warriors will still be on top once everything is figured out in the next couple weeks.
Known for his versatility, Bucannon plays a hybrid linebacker/safety role for the Cardinals and he’s been a quality playmaker for most of his NFL tenure. He wasn’t quite as prolific in 2016 and missed time with an ankle injury, but Bucannon still has lots of potential at age 24.
Rangers fans get to see a familiar face return to the mound Monday against the Indians.
Cole Hamels, who has been on the 10-day disabled list since early May, and has not made a start since April 26, has been activated after two minor league rehab starts.
Before heading to the shelf with an oblique strain, Hamels had a 2-0 record with a solid 3.03 ERA. He only had 15 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings, though.
Hamels will face off against Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99 ERA) in his return.
Michael Papierski with another good rip, but that wind blew it dead center. Tigers have to be cursing the wind as they head to the bottom of the second still down 1-0.
Nick Coomes reaches after the ball stays inside the foul line. Tigers with two outs, one on base as Michael Papierski comes to the plate.
Josh Smith gets a good rip on the ball, but Austin Langworthy fields it perfectly in left center. It’s worth noting the wind is blowing heavily mph toward home plate right now.
Why he’s here: No surprises with the top spot. Judge has dominated headlines all season, and deservedly so. In fact, he’s been so very good that it’s easy to forget how much he struggled in his first taste of the bigs last year — he hit just .179 and struck out in exactly half of his at-bats (42 times in 84 ABs). He’s not going to wind up winning the Triple Crown, but the fact we’re nearing the end of June and he’s top five in all three categories speaks to his production this season.
LeBron James had one of his worst games ever Sunday night when the Cavs lost Game 3 to the Celtics. Speaking Monday after practice, J.R. Smith made some interesting comments regarding his teammate, saying James needs to believe in himself a little more.
He’s close to becoming first in steals and free-throw attempts, and while those records aren’t as sexy as points scored, they too could become unbreakable standards. All that said, what James is doing is unprecedented and may never be repeated.
It’s unlikely Green had thoughts of stealing Durant away from Russell Westbrook and OKC the moment he wrapped his arms around Durant after the Warriors’ narrowly escaped a 3-1 series deficit in last year’s Western Conference finals. But what we do know is by the time they joined forces as teammates on Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, they both shared something in common — they knew what it was like to lose to a fully-staffed, James-led team in the Finals.
In 2012, Durant, then flanked by a young Westbrook and burgeoning James Harden, fell in five games to James as he led Miami to the Larry O’Brien trophy for the second time. Green had been to the mountaintop. He tasted a Finals victory in 2015 when James put up historic numbers (35.8 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 8.8 apg) in a losing effort. Green hurt his team the next year with a suspension as the Cavs mounted a historic comeback behind LeBron’s signature Finals performance.
Andre Iguodala has been strong off the bench. He is already a plus-9 in 11 minutes and is playing tenacious defense all over the floor.
Something to keep an eye on: Golden State had eight offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone. Cleveland won’t survive if that continues.
Durant and Stephen Curry lead the Warriors with 10 points each. James has already posted 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hey, it’s a close playoff game!
We’re right where we want to be, Kerr said. Disappointed that we didn’t play better the other night, but aware that we are playing a great team. And they were desperate, and they outplayed us. So we’re where we need to be. We would love to take care of business. We’re planning on playing a lot better (Monday), and we’ll see what happens.
There are, too, the fans. The faithful in Oakland have a bad rap around the league, and part of that goes back to that 1974 World Series. Fans in the stands bombarded Dodgers left fielder Bill Buckner with shrapnel, beginning innocently enough with streamers but graduating to an apple that hit Buckner in the back of the head and a whiskey bottle that landed near his feet.
Said Buckner: Terrible people. Most of them weren’t here all year — and now, all of a sudden, they are big A’s fans.
Such an accusation cannot be leveled against this year’s Warriors and their backers. They’ve been there all year — and beyond. Give me our fans any day, Warriors forward Draymond Green said. Love those people. It would be amazing to win it at home for them.
It’s only been 43 years.