An emotional and jubilant LeBron James spoke about returning to the NBA Finals for the second straight season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and sixth straight finals as a player after the Cavaliers eliminated the Toronto Raptors 4-2 in the Eastern Conference best of seven semifinals series.
Shortly after the Cavaliers won the conference finals on Friday night, James was asked what he is most proud about regarding his six consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
He added that he was not sure, he was just gracious and humbled that he has the opportunity to play basketball, which is the game he loves.
He said his sixth consecutive trip to the championship series means everything to him.
James played exceptionally well in Friday night’s 26-point rout of the Raptors, The Cavaliers forward scored 33 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, handed out 6 assists and blocked 3 shots.
Since 2011, James and the team he played for has won the Eastern Conference title every season. He won the first four consecutive conference titles with the Miami Heat and now has two straight with the Cavaliers.
James said that he did not have a full appreciation of the journey last season to the Finals because of the injuries that knocked out forward Kevin Love and point guard Kyrie Irving.
He called his feeling this season different much different and more enjoyable.
He said that having both Love and Irving healthy and the team at 100% full strength, he can appreciate the moment much more and happy he is part of it for a sixth straight season.
The Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals last season to Golden State 4-2. This season Golden State is battling to stay alive out west as the Oklahoma City Thunder leads the series 3-2, with Game 6 on Saturday.
Richard Jefferson a veteran forward for the Cavaliers said the team is locked in on winning four more games. He added no one is popping any champagne until four more games are won and the title is theirs.
It is quite strange that the Cavaliers changed coaches during the season firing David Blatt and hiring Tyronn Lue but were still able to reach the championship series.
The Cavaliers will now try to rest while preparing to play in the finals that begin on Thursday June 2. However, first they will pay attention to Saturday’s Game 6 between the Warriors and Thunder to see if the Thunder eliminates the Warriors or the series continues for a Game 7 on Monday.
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