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LeBron James' rare quest for eighth straight NBA Finals

LeBron James attempts to drive past Luke Kornet LeBron James attempts to drive past Luke Kornet
Faye Gross | 15 April, 2018, 00:12

He played in all 82 games this year, a first in his career, and also became the only player in National Basketball Association history to have 30,000 points, 8,000 assists, and 8,000 rebounds. But the 33-year-old capped a remarkable run in which he seemed to break a record every night by adding another accomplishment to his long list of achievements.

From here out, James, who is aiming to make the Finals for eighth straight time, won't be sitting much.

James isn't done, not even close, and earlier this season he described re-writing the narrative that players in their early 30s have reached their prime.

"We've got a chance", James said, when asked if he thought the Cavs could win a championship. The Knicks have reportedly joined the sweepstakes as well with a banner near the main entrance of the Madison Square Garden daring LeBron to prove he is "King of NY".

With Irving traded and his replacement, the since-traded Isaiah Thomas, out through December, many people predicted before the season Love would put up his best numbers since coming to Cleveland in 2014. The firing was first reported by ESPN. Last season, IN was swept IN the first round when they faced Cleveland, but this year it's a different team with a different mentality.

If you think Gilbert's unintended bulletin-board material, gift wrapped months ago for the Cavs' eventual first-round opponent, is a harbinger of trouble to come, don't be so sure.

John Holland scored 21 and rookie Cedi Osman 18 to lead Cleveland. For all of the philosophical changes to the way the game is played from a tactical perspective, no scheme is good enough on its own to counteract the impact James has just for suiting up for the opposing team.

"They got an All-Star in [Victor] Oladipo and all those other guys off 'em", he said. "And that's OK. I mean I've come to come to terms with it and, you know, whatever happens happens, but for now I just want to try to win".

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"As the Land Turns is what I call it", coach Tyronn Lue said, referring to the soap opera by a similar title.

Knicks: G Courtney Lee (sprained left ankle) was ruled out before shootaround, leaving NY with just nine players. However, none of this matters if they can't flip the switch and look like the team everybody expects them to be.

Cavaliers: Re-signed F Kendrick Perkins for the remainder of the season.

Cleveland isn't expected to waltz through the playoffs.

"That's what we thrive on doing here", Lue said.

I cannot say that history won't repeat itself, but the Pacers won't go out quietly, that I can assure you.

Based on the odds for what series fans will see as the 2018 NBA Finals, another Cavaliers vs. Warriors matchup may be in store. A James team hasn't lost a first-round game since May 6, 2012, when the Heat lost Game 4 to the Knicks by two points.

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