LeBron James Breaks Michael Jordan's Playoff Scoring Record

LeBron never believed he could eclipse Jordan

"I don't feel like we're underdogs".

Now, the Warriors are 12-0 this postseason, well-rested and riding the momentum of three straight sweeps, against Portland, Utah and San Antonio.

And they're doing this without their head coach.

That's an even bigger margin than a year ago, when the Warriors were minus-210 and the Cavs were plus-180.

Kerr is still involved, albeit donning sweatpants. That's the power of a few good trades, and a beyond excellent one, has given this team. But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals. I even wore a wristband on my forearm.

Cleveland at Golden State, 8 p.m.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals is next Thursday between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. It spurred the most intense frenzy surrounding an National Basketball Association free agent decision since James announced in 2014 that he would return to the Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are strong rebounders for their position but are nonetheless undersized, and neither the big bones of Zaza Pachulia nor the pogo-stick-with-a-rattail athleticism of JaVale McGee effectively translate into sustainable performance on the boards.

1959-1966 - Boston wins the NBA Finals Championship for eight consecutive years.

"Everyone wants to say, 'Ah man, this is boring and this, that and the other, ' but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore", Green said, via ESPN. "We still, obviously, have to keep growing as a group". "All their guys, they're just dedicated to basketball".

Derek Jeter, a dream fulfilled
Earlier in the week, Jeter penned an essay on his website The Players Tribune, which he titled "Thank you NY ". This was another and vintage Derek Jeter moment in the Bronx. "Jorge had the big ears, Andy had the big nose".

"For that team to be that young and to get to the Eastern Conference Finals and be No. 1, you've got to look at that as an fantastic season and build on that". Kevin Love repeatedly hurt the Celtics, too, and this Cavaliers group might have a better synergy now than ever before.

Next week they'll be watching Durant, who will play for his first title in his first season with the Warriors, a chance to finally be No. 1 on a team that once viewed him as their No. 2.

It will mark the seventh straight trip to the Finals for James.

With 2:44 left, the remaining Celtics fans began a "Let's Go Celtics" chant that kept going until the final horn, cheering every basket as if the game was close. Plural. If you're going to go down as one of the dominant teams of an era - like the Shaq/Kobe Lakers, or Jordan's Bulls, or the Celtics and Lakers of the "80s, etc. - there needs to multiple rings on fingers".

Cleveland jumped to a quick 14-5 lead and were up by 43-27 after the first quarter - posting a franchise record for points in a quarter of a playoff game. What's so important about this that you want to call me all these disrespectful names?' That sh*t doesn't fly where I'm from, where any one of us are from.

"We match up well with them and I think they'd say the same about us".

He continued, "So I think that helped shape my game". "I was just like, 'Why are you this upset?' That's what I was thinking, and that's why I was talking back, I was like, 'Why are you so mad again?" "I wasn't sure when, but I knew that I had to make the conscious choice to really lead our guys, understanding the situation that we were in". That was my mindset when I started playing the game. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference finals was nearly like the championship".

Now James hopes, like Jordan, to inspire children to follow in his footsteps. Jordan won six championships in six NBA Finals appearances, while James is going for his fourth.

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