18 January, 2018
Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and the Golden State Warriors extended their road winning streak to 13 games with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling NBA Finals foes.
"Comfort in losing?" James responded when asked if positives could be taken from having a chance to win on a poor-shooting night by the Cavs. I don't know, but we're going to be fine. But you get encouraged when you come out here and work when there ain't nobody watching.
"I was a little upset at halftime just because we weren't guarding anybody", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters at Quicken Loans Arena. "And for us to stand here even though we're trying to be divided right now by somebody, today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be at one". The Cavs are attempting to make a fourth straight Finals appearance after going 1-2 in the championship round against the Warriors the past three years.
The Cavaliers are no strangers to drama or discord, particularly early in the regular season.
The three-time champion conceded that this season has been hard. "It seemed like the rim just got smaller and smaller, " James said as he bemoaned his side's latest shooting slump, but it was more about the depth and defence his team lack rather than the misses which should be most concerning. This is a hard year for our team. "It seems like I say that every year but this one has been even more challenging". But we have to figure it out.
Things got testy with three and a half minutes to go. "We challenged shots a lot better in the second half". They sometimes play like a team expecting LeBron to save them, but they have reason to believe he's capable. "I seen where people [wrote] sources say, I looked down at the roster and I ain't seen no guy named source". And we wanted to share our insight on what we felt was going on and what we felt like we could do to help. "They pushed the basketball and they set us up well to kind of end the game in the last three or four minutes". Derrick Rose could be back as early as Thursday against Orlando after being sidelined since November 7 with a severe ankle injury.
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Down the stretch the shortest-tenured player on the court was Tristan Thompson, who was playing in the 489th game of his seven-year career.
The record should improve.
Now that some of them have pointed out a worsening roster condition, the question of whether the Cavaliers' front office will grab the opportunity to somehow amend that with the upcoming trade deadline on February 8 has emerged. Of course, with James potentially becoming a free agent after this season, there's major risk involved.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.
Whatever happens, Lue is confident his team will thrive. And they don't have Kyrie Irving to carry the scoring load when James, who recently turned 33, can't do it on his own. They were without Lonzo Ball, who injured his left knee in Saturday's overtime win at Dallas, and Brandon Ingram also didn't play because of a left ankle sprain.
"The state of racism will never die, but what we can not do is allow it to conquer us as people", James said after Cavs shootaround in preparation for their NBA Finals rematch with the on Monday.