Steve Kerr Operating Under Assumption Andre Iguodala Won't Play in Game 7

Kristopher Nichols
May 29, 2018

Speaking with reporters on Monday before Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, the Golden State Warriors star responded to the notion that LeBron James had no help in bringing the Cavs to the Eastern Conference title.

They will play the victor of Monday night's game between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals, which start on Thursday. 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. Remaining haters can soothe themselves with the probability that the Cavaliers will fall short for the third time in four years, and James's finals ledger will soon read 3 rings in 9 tries, as opposed to Michael Jordan's ideal 6-0. Only Bill Russell (10), Tom Heinsohn (nine) and Sam Jones (nine) have made more consecutive appearances in National Basketball Association history.

He had to do it without Kevin Love - Cleveland's only other all-star - who sustained a concussion in Game 6 and was replaced in the lineup by Jeff Green.

Looney, 22, tallied four points, seven rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes in Game 6 before being pulled with 3:25 to play in the fourth quarter, about a minute after he had re-entered the game to end forward Draymond Green's night with the contest comfortably decided.

It was a slow first half for the Cavaliers, who fell victim to an 11-4 Boston run to start the game behind seven quick points from Jayson Tatum. Al Horford added 17 points and Marcus Morris had a double-double with 14 points and 12 boards. The Rockets will not pull off the Game 7 win if they make those mistakes. Great coaching staff. To come into the Garden, with all the history that's here, to win on their floor Game 7, to go to a Finals, couldn't be better.

LBJ's reign in the east continues and he'll now go in search of his fourth ring with a fourth successive meeting with the Golden State Warriors on the cards.

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LeBron finished the game with 35 of Cleveland's 87 points.

"The guy had open-heart surgery a few years ago, and the game was nearly taken from him", James said at his post-midnight news conference.

Boston was up 43-39 at halftime after leading by as many as 12 in the first half. "We obviously have a good thing going".

Tatum didn't get the follow back then, and he still doesn't have it - James only follows 181 people, and the only rookie appears to be the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons, who is represented by the same agent as James.

"I can't wait 'til Tuesday", Durant said. We put ourselves in position. It was a bad time for "just one of those nights".

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