It’s hard to believe LeBron James is still playing at the age of 34, and the Cavs are on the verge of the best regular season in franchise history.
But there’s a difference between LeBron James and the players who are playing for his Cavs.
The Cavs have won seven of the last eight regular season games for the first time since LeBron James returned to Cleveland from Miami.
James and company have won the first eight of the past nine regular season meetings with the Golden State Warriors, and their best mark in Cleveland since he returned was a 112-104 win over the Warriors on Dec. 19, 2017.
This season has been a bit different, but LeBron James has had a lot to prove in the playoffs.
It’s been a long road, but the Cavaliers are starting to get back to winning ways.
What to watch for in this NBA Finals matchup The Cavaliers have the NBA’s best record since James returned from Miami, winning 20 of their last 22 games.
They’ve been outscored by an average of 24.3 points in those games, including 17.3 in the last 16, but that’s also the worst record in the league, which is good news for Cleveland.
James has averaged 27.5 points per game this season, and he’s averaged 31.3, and that’s tied for third in the League.
He’s scored 27 or more points in seven of those games.
The Warriors, meanwhile, have been outscoring the Cavaliers, 38-19.
James is averaging 27.6 points per contest and shooting 54.3 percent in the series, which has been decided by a combined score of 104-78.
This is the best Cleveland team since James was there, but it’s also not the best Golden State team since he left.
Kevin Durant and the Warriors are the only other team in the history of the league that has averaged more than 105 points per 100 possessions, and they’ve averaged 105.3 per 100 this season.
That’s an average margin of victory of +7.3.
James leads the way in that category with 27.8 points per possession, and it’s been more than enough to put the Cavs in position to win the series.
If James doesn’t play, the Warriors will be without Curry and Klay Thompson, but they’re already one of the top teams in the East.
Curry has been the best shooter in the conference, and Thompson is averaging 30.7 points per 36 minutes.
Thompson, who is shooting 57.5 percent in these four games, has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games.
Stephen Curry has scored 25 points or more in seven straight games, which ties the NBA record for a single season.
Curry also has nine double-doubles in this series.
Thompson has 12 points in the first two games, and Durant is averaging 18.2 points per 40 minutes.
Curry is shooting 62.7 percent from the field and 50.5 from beyond the arc in these playoffs, but he’s also averaging 16.3 rebounds per game.
Thompson is shooting 50.2 percent in this playoffs, and Curry is doing the same, but Thompson is also shooting 44.4 percent from three-point range.
It doesn’t get much better for the Warriors, but this is a tough road to get to the Finals.
Golden State is 2-2 against Cleveland in the regular season.
They lost Game 2 of the series to Cleveland 102-95 on Jan. 3, 2018, but Golden State has since won the next two games by an aggregate score of 110-104.
Cleveland, meanwhile has won four straight regular season matchups, and this one will be no different.
The Cavaliers are coming off back-to-back victories over the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies, which were the Cavs’ only losses in those five games.
In Game 3 on Tuesday, Golden State defeated Houston 114-106, but James wasn’t on the court for that one because he was suspended for the second straight game.
James was the only player to miss Game 3, and James finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes.
Kevin Love had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland in Game 4 on Wednesday, and Love has averaged 24.5 and 13.3 assists in his last five games, while also adding six steals and two blocks.
Love has been one of Golden State’s best players since returning from a four-game absence due to an injury.
He averaged 21.8 and 13 assists in the three previous games he missed, but with James back in the lineup, he has started to get his scoring touches.
He has averaged 21 points, six rebounds and six assists in Cleveland’s last five home games, but is averaging 15.8 in the four games against the Warriors.
James isn’t the only star in