Warriors and Cavs Refuse to Visit White House - Katie Zehnder

May JohnsonИюн 07, 2018

Pretty sure the way we handled things previous year, we'd stay consistent with that.

Stephen Curry and coach Steve Kerr's Golden State Warriors have repeatedly said they want to build something special for the long haul, to compete for championships year after year.

James' comment came in response to President Trump's decision to disinvite the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles to the White House, which POTUS said was because the players "disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem".

Warriors star Stephen Curry agreed with James, alluding to what his team did last season after winning the National Basketball Association title.

Cleveland came back and won in seven games in 2016, Golden State finished them off in five a year ago.

Despite the poor start to the season and a turnaround of players on NBA trade deadline day, James has been able to guide the Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

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Teams leading 2-0 have won the finals 88 per cent of the time but no team leading 3-0 has ever lost, something that keeps the Warriors hungry and the Cavaliers desperate.

Last week, for example, ex-Celtics great Antoine Walker made the case for James to come to the Celtics.

"We know how Cleveland plays here, with a lot of energy and force", Steph Curry said. "But I don't think - I think I agree with LeBron".

"We've just got to embrace whatever happens and look forward to a insane environment with a team that's desperate", Durant said.

It's somewhat fascinating to see that response, and to see an awareness of how these press conferences have turned into a much larger element of the NBA Finals than they've been historically (a subject Bryan Curtis explored recently at The Ringer). That invitation - not unlike the Eagles' - was pulled after a number of players vacillated on attending. From there, who knows what a Game 2 in which they trailed by five points with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter turns out. It won't be Golden State or Cleveland going [to the White House]. It's hard to go against this Warriors team, but LeBron and the Cavaliers are playing for their playoff lives now and I think they can bounce back and avoid the series sweep with a hard-fought win here.

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