Social media sympathy & skepticism for LeBron James after NBA Finals defeat

Aubrey Yates
June 9, 2018

The last time that he chose to leave the Cavaliers, it was due to him taking the next step in his career to go somewhere he felt he could grow as a player while finally getting over the hump as he was unable to do that in his first seven years in the league.

After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span.

Cleveland's LeBron James, in his 8th consecutive finals and 9th overall, is one loss from falling to 3-6 for his career in the championship round. Golden State suffered a rash of injuries, seeing all four of their all-stars miss at least nine games, led by Curry sitting for 37 - including six playoff games. Kevin Durant had a triple-double of 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the 108-85 victory, earning another NBA Finals MVP Award. When you win a championship and you're around guys for a long period of time, and you know what you're capable of doing, all you need is to get healthy.

On Friday, the Cavaliers clawed back from an 11-point deficit before pulling in front on a slam dunk from James near the midway mark of the second quarter, but it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over. The 3-0 deficit has, until now, been insurmountable in National Basketball Association playoff annals. With the defeat, the focus turns to LeBron James because he's in all likelihood going to be a free agent this summer. Just keep growing as a player.

LeBron didn't get a ton of help from his supporting cast in Game 4. While Cleveland has made the Finals each of the past four years, he's often had to carry the team; his 34-point scoring average in the Finals easily topped Shaquille O'Neal's record 28-point average in 1995, ESPN reported. The parsing of James' body language and diction for hints about his next destination began in earnest at the podium after the game. Smith, who's 2018 Finals run got off to a rough start and never quite straightened out, shot just 31 percent from the floor in the Finals. They're not going to beat themselves. They were a flawless 16-of-16 from the stripe and handed out 25 assists on 39 made baskets.

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As they have all season, the Warriors used an overwhelming third quarter to clinched the win.

Unlike their past celebrations, the Warriors won't be doing a post-parade rally this time around. Game 4 was over by halftime. "So they have a lot of talent". No other player in NBA Finals history has ever done that in back-to-back contests. The crowd rose to salute him in what may be his last game as a Cavalier.

"Our season was kind of the unknown".

Let's be totally honest here, did we really think that Embiid wouldn't be the first one to say something to James? And now that they've claimed the trophy, the next big event is celebrating with the fans back in the Bay Area. We were able to finish the series off.

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