NBA Finals Preview: It’s Been a Long Time …

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What were you doing on May 25, 1975? If you are younger than 40, you weren’t doing anything because you weren’t born yet. Or at best, you were 9 days old. If your name is Lauryn Hill, you were being born that day. If you were a Democrat, you were a year and a half away from having a peanut farmer from Georgia elected President of the United States. If you were a Republican, you were supporting the only person in U.S.

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Sprung: Curry Could Become Best Playoff Shooter Ever

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Stephen Curry has a legitimate chance to go down as the greatest shooter in NBA playoff history. With just two days before the Golden State-Cleveland NBA Finals finally begins, an appreciation of Curry’s shooting stroke — and the changing landscape of how offenses emphasize the three — point to Curry having a chance to at least be part of an elite playoff performance list. The 27-year-old MVP ideally will be playing in many more postseasons over the course of his career and should be

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Sheridan: Secret Weapons & Key Players: Iguodala and Dellavedova

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As we count down to the start of NBA Finals, there are plenty of things to focus on: LeBron James building his legacy (he is no Jerry West), the battle of rookie head coaches Steve Kerr and David Blatt, the experience issue when it comes to having played in monster games before, be they NBA playoff games or FIBA tournaments (don’t forget that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were members of Team USA last summer). But remember something that coaches always

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Bernucca: LeBron Doesn’t Need Any More Validation

Will this be the third time NBA fans are treated to this scene?

See that guy? That white silhouette inside the red and blue? That’s Jerry West. He’s the NBA logo and has been since 1969, when he was still playing. Jerry West’s nickname was “Mr. Clutch.” Former Boston Celtics radio announcer Johnny Most, who disliked every player not wearing green and white, used to call him “Gentleman Jerry.” To my knowledge, Jerry West and Julius Erving are the only visiting players who ever received polite applause upon entering the lion’s den known as Boston

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PODCAST: Cavs in 7, a.k.a “Don’t Bet Against LeBron”

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Rule of thumb: Don’t bet against LeBron James. Yes, the Golden State Warriors have three players who can defend him: Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala. Yes, the Golden State Warriors have the reigning MVP in Stephen Curry. Yes, the Warriors are healthier. Yes, the Warriors have home court advantage, having lost only three times all season at Oracle Arena. But does anybody out there really want to state that Stephen Curry is a better all-around player than LeBron James? Does anybody out there have

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Sprung: An analytic look at LeBron James’ polarizing postseason

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For the fifth straight year, LeBron James is going to the NBA Finals. How do his numbers stack up this season versus the past four seasons? It’s quite interesting. James is deserving of all the praise he’s getting after becoming the first player to reach five consecutive NBA Finals since the dynastic Boston Celtics of decades ago. James has been asked to do more for the Cleveland Cavaliers on offense than even in his early-career Cavs days, and it’s taken a toll

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Sheridan: “Swallowed Whistle” defined Cavs’ 2007 NBA Finals

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If you ask any Clevelander what the defining moment was of the 2007 postseason, a vast majority will recall what remains one of the signature greatest moments of LeBron James’ career — the time he scored 29 of the Cavs’ final 30 points of their Game 5 double-overtime victory over Detroit at the Palace of Auburn Hills. It is a great memory, one that remains vivid in my mind because I was at that game, sitting along the baseline, and was

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NBA players react to LeBron James reaching his fifth straight Finals, Brandon Jennings says Warriors win in 6

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were the favorites to make it to the NBA Finals before the season started, and while the road to it wasn’t always pretty, that’s exactly where they are headed now after running the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks out of the gym 118-88 for a series sweep on Tuesday. James, who scored a game-high 23 points to go with nine rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block, has now made it to the Finals for the

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