Shaun Livingston has been the best fifth man with the rest of the Hampton's lineup (Curry, Durant, Thompson, Green), but he's not as good a defender and more of a midrange shooter. He has started in all but one of Cleveland's playoff games this year but will have a tough assignment on his hands against Warriors star Stephen Curry. If James and the Cavaliers win Game 1, you know, the interest is going to skyrocket because they are going to have done what very few except for them, maybe, think they can do, which is win at Golden State.
"Being hunted is different than hunting, and we've been in that role for a long time", Warriors GM Bob Myers told ESPN.
Best of luck to the Warriors in the NBA Finals, and unfortunately, we'll never actually know if things would have changed had Paul played.
"Same reaction as I've had to every last one of them this year", James said after shootaround at Madison Square Garden back in April.
The Rockets were the closest team to dethroning the Kevin Durant-era Warriors thus far, but Paul's catastrophic Game 5 injury forced him to sit out the final two games of the Western Conference finals, where the Rockets were effectively blown out.More news: Russia, Israel agree to drive off Iranian military from Syrian border
How many will they have to play against the Cavs?
Instead, if LeBron did want to sign with Houston but keep some of the talent that made them such a dominant team this season, he could copy exactly what Paul did to get to Houston, accepting the player option on his contract and forcing a trade to the Rockets, also known as a sign-and-trade. The Warriors have more firepower than the Cavs, but they're only great when firing on all cylinders. He led the Cavs back from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Golden State in 2016 for Cleveland's first professional sports title in 52 years. Which means making a lot of threes.
They were asked if the Cavaliers have any chance, if the National Basketball Association should reconsider the playoff format to seed the teams without conferences having a bearing (Van Gundy for, Jackson against) and what it would be like if this were a Rockets-Celtics matchup, referencing the two teams who lost in Game 7 of their respective conference finals. None of those guys are back this season.
Iguodala, who defends James as well as humanly possible, would be missed even more against Cleveland.
LeBron has had to carry an incredible burden to get this team roster to the NBA Finals. In the Boston series, however, he had 33 points and 11 rebounds in 73 minutes in the Cavs' final two victories. The Cavalry is not charging over the hill to save the day for LeBron, he's got to make due with the guys around him. I just think about what I need to do to impact this series, to impact the game, to help my team.