Long shots: Odds against Cavs in NBA Finals against Warriors

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The Cavaliers will play the victor of Monday's Game 7 of the West finals between Houston and Golden State. He missed the next night's contest and returned to the floor on March 30. The Cavs' best player was laying on the ground, anguished after playing all 48 minutes and, once again, carrying what shouldn't be an NBA Finals team to the NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers were only +180 underdogs when they upended Golden State in the 2016 Finals.

James led the Cavaliers in the first half with 17 points and 10 rebounds but they trailed for much of the half.

Still down four points with almost seven minutes left in the game, Tatum chose to take things into his own hands.

A tired LeBron James rallied his team in Game 7 with what was almost a triple-double - 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists. Nobody had ever overcome that deficit in the championship round, and Cleveland had to do it against a team that had won an NBA-record 73 games.

Dating back to his first stint with the Cavaliers, it has always been trendy to say that LeBron James has no help, at least when he's been in Cleveland. Sunday's telecast also is now the highest-rated game of the 2018 NBC Playoffs.

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The Celtics have seen him do it, after he averaged 33.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.4 assists to eliminate them in the East finals for the second straight year.

"We just couldn't quite knock them down, and to no fault of anybody".

James put on another epic postseason performance by carrying his team past the Celtics as he booked a spot in his eighth consecutive finals. No other Cavs are scoring in double digits.

"I just love everything about the kid, the way he plays the game, his demeanor, where he comes from", James starts.

Australian centre Baynes, with three points and five rebounds, was strong and dominated the smaller Cavs when he was on the court, but he spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench. Not only was that better than anything else on television, but it boosted ESPN's overall playoff ratings to a 3.8 - a dramatic 31 percent improvement from 2017.

The rumors were never really settled, and were just forgotten about in the midst of the NBA's regular season, as both Kyrie and LeBron had bigger issues on their plate - namely the Gordon Hayward injury for Kyrie and LeBron's lack of a supporting cast in Cleveland.

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