Joel Embiid is already recruiting LeBron James

Saturday, 09 Jun, 2018

The end of the series, season and maybe his second stint in Cleveland, are near.

The question was basically this: Would you rather win an National Basketball Association championship on Friday night in Cleveland and hear booing from the Cavaliers' home crowd, or finish off the series in Golden State before happy Warriors fans?

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors celebrate as coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on Friday during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals in Cleveland. And may be for a while.

"A 3-0 lead and we just kind of laid an egg".

"I've got a big smile on my face right now", Curry said.

"Kevin Durant", he said. "Going through it, the trial and error is only going to make you a better player". So you have that crew.

Andre Iguodala, playing for just the second time in the Finals, contributed 11 points to the win off the bench. "So they have a lot of talent".

And as for the Irving trade, the point guard wanted out of Cleveland because he was exhausted of being in LeBron's shadow, when James didn't step up and demanding to the Cavs organization that Irving not be traded, it said a lot about their relationship. The Cavs did overcome a 3-1 deficit in the 2016 Finals against these same Warriors.

To this point, 131 have tried, and 131 have failed.

The final on Friday night was Golden State 108, Cleveland 85. "So what do we have to do? It makes us better". "Let him rest a little bit". "It was definitely the toughest from the standpoint that it's the fourth year in a row that we've attempted to get back to the finals".

Those were today's relevant questions.

The Warriors started the third quarter - of which they are indisputable masters - with baskets by Thompson.

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But this is as far as I'll go with guarantees before the LeBron Sweepstakes officially begin: James will not feel as though he owes Cleveland anything after these last four seasons. Others will wait for a more opportune time, a few years from now. If he wants to go and get a championship, by all means go and get it.

The Rockets would need to move Ryan Anderson, Eric Gordon and other parts to open up the space for James, but they would like to hold on to Clint Capela.

"You're going to have some jerks call him names and then you're going to have some people that say he brought this city its first championship in forever", D'Angelo Aikens, a 38-year-old Cavaliers fan, said.

"We know we can beat this team and we have the confidence to do that", Lue said.

"Steph went out and recruited K.D. with this in mind: Winning titles", Kerr said.

James then explained what it takes to be the last team standing, and in the process seemed to take a swipe at unnamed current and former teammates. "I had emotions that you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road against Golden State to be able to get a Game 1". Every player has to draw the line somewhere.

The pregame air had a striking similarity to last year, when the Cavaliers, 1-3 against the Warriors over the past four years, forced a Game 5.

For all the press Golden State's potent offense gets, it was their defense that kept the Cavaliers in check in these Finals - holding Cleveland to 41 percent shooting in the series, including 29 percent from beyond the arc.