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LeBron James admits he asked Cavaliers not to trade Kyrie Irving

LeBron James admits he asked Cavaliers not to trade Kyrie Irving

The Warriors have been installed by Las Vegas bookmakers as heavy favourites to retain their National Basketball Association crown as they face the Cavaliers for a fourth straight year starting in game one tomorrow.

The game almost over, James traded insults with Curry and Klay Thompson, then Tristan Thompson and Draymond Green tangled moments later and made contact.

On the flip side, Golden State will be without veteran swingman Andre Iguodala, who missed the last four games of the Western Conference finals due to a left lateral leg contusion.

After burying the first free throw, Hill missed his second but as JR Smith got the rebound, instead of looking to score, dribbled out the clock as he thought they were ahead in the game.

The series kicks off with Thursday's Game 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

"It was great, it was epic and he did enough to carry this team to a victory", Lue said.

Cavaliers guard George Hill was at the free throw line after he was fouled by Klay Thompson and had the chance to give his team the lead as they were trailing 107-106 with just 4.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Love was still in the protocol when the Cavaliers came to Finals media day, leaving Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue to only say "I hope" Love will be available for the opener.

James delivers epic Game 7 as Cavs reach National Basketball Association finals
Jayson Tatum paced the Celtic attack with 24 points as Boston suffered their only loss in 11 playoff home games. Boston will be one of, if not the favorite to win the Eastern Conference next season.

"He thought it was over", Lue said.

Golden State trailed by 11 at halftime after being behind at the break by 10 points in Game 6, becoming the first team to win multiple elimination games in the same series when trailing by double digits after two quarters. James was calling for the ball that entire time and could only hold his arms out in shock before walking back to the huddle for overtime.

Curry drained one of those way-out-there 3-pointers that have been hard to come by this postseason to beat the halftime buzzer and Golden State shot 13 for 36 from deep. It's never been done, ever, in the history of the game.

Curry led the Warriors with 29 points and nine assists.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr remembers watching the last Miami-San Antonio title matchup in 2014 when the Spurs basically dared James to shoot the ball from the perimeter by sliding under every screen the Heat would set for him. Home run king Barry Bonds was in attendance.

James is 1-2 against the Warriors in the Finals. "So you go through the playoffs and things happen, and you've got to be able to bounce back no matter what and keep going". It's not like we're not the best friends, and I don't think you should be best friends with a player and an owner shouldn't be best friends unless I'm your father and that's my son, and, OK, cool we could be great then.

Love was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Jeff Green, who stepped up and scored 19 points as the Cavs completed their comeback after trailing 2-0 and 3-2 in the series.


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