LeBron James has the NBA in awe right now after carrying his team past the Boston Celtics and into the 2018 NBA Finals. James willed his team to win a decisive Game 7 at TD Garden, earning him an eighth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
Many have praised LeBron, because he’s seen as carrying an unheralded roster to the Finals. This is especially the case in Game 7, where forward Kevin Love sat out with a concussion.
Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, who’ll be competing against LeBron again in the 2018 Finals, weighed in on the matter. Curry has a different take on James’ supporting cast than many others.
“I hate when people say that,” he said. “Like it’s — they’re NBA players, and yeah they’re new and what-not and ‘Bron is amazing, (and) he played an unbelievable playoff run to date and has willed his team to his eighth straight Finals and all that, which is unbelievable to think about the consistency and the longevity and just the level of greatness that he’s shown in the Eastern Conference.”
Curry added, “As a basketball fan, to turn on the TV last night and watch the game and there were points in the game where you didn’t know how it was going to play out and they found a way to get it done, so shout-out to him. It was an amazing performance, but don’t disrespect the other guys out there. They fought hard too.”
Who’s in LeBron’s Supporting Cast?
As much as the Cavaliers’ support has been bashed, they came through in Game 7 against Boston. Jeff Green scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, JR Smith added 12 points, George Hill had a plus-24 rating, and Tristan Thompson had nine rebounds.
TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal noted that the Cavs didn’t get to the championship without contributions from players not named LeBron. And this reigned true in the deciding game of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.
But one reason why Cleveland’s role players are criticized is because some of the younger players haven’t provided much. Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr, and Rodney Hood all had larger roles on their previous teams. However, they’ve been footnotes on a Cavs team that’s making its eighth straight NBA Finals trip.
And it’s justified to say that LeBron does carry Cleveland often. He finished Game 7 with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists. His playoff production has been off the charts too, as he’s averaged 34.2 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 8.8 APG, and 1.4 steals in 18 contests.
Cavs Warriors Odds in 2018 NBA Finals
As good as LeBron has been, not many people are giving he and the Cavs a chance to compete against Golden State. This is clearly reflected in oour GTBets odds for Game 1, where Golden State is a -13 (-107) favorite on the spread. They’re also a -893 favorite on the moneyline, which is astronomical for a Finals matchup.
LeBron and his supporting crew will have to play their best basketball night in and night out if they want to pull off the upset. If they can accomplish this, it would be one of the greatest upsets in sports history.