"I don't care. I don't care at all (about the criticism)", James said, via ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Durant is incredible, but his isolation sets have had a tendency to drag down Golden State's offense at times.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry have been battling in the NBA Finals, but both stars agreed on Tuesday that whichever team wins the championship will skip the traditional White House visit to celebrate with U.S. President Donald Trump.
James was sensational in the two losses to Golden State on the road in Oakland but despite scoring 51 points in game one and having a near triple double in game two, he has mostly been a one-man army against the deep and talented Warriors squad. "And if we can do that, guys can look in the mirror and live with themselves".
Cleveland ended up losing the game, 124-114, and James' visible frustration at Smith became our frustration to repurpose for anyone who has dealt with disappointment at work.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the team understands the series will be a short one if they can not win in Cleveland. "So just being locked in on the defensive side of the ball from the jump ball, it will pay dividends for us going into Cleveland". We really get up to play at home.
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On a night Curry may have cost himself a chance at winning his first Finals MVP as he made just 3/16 shots - including 1/10 three-point attempts - to finish with 11 points, Durant was everything Golden State needed as they fought back from a 13-point second quarter deficit. Curry went 3-for-16 shooting for 11 points, but knocked down a couple shots late in the game when it mattered most. "I'm sure whoever wins this series won't be going", Durant said.
Kerr said it's important to be clear upon the players reasons for kneeling. So I would upgrade him to questionable. "Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"
"We've been very persistent, very resilient throughout this whole season no matter what's been going on", he said. "But I think I agree with LeBron".
LeBron James does not see a White House visit as a possibility for the Cavaliers or the Warriors.
How do the Cavaliers bounce back from that, especially after absorbing an even more painful setback in Game 1 last Thursday?