A gift for each occasion:
Way to end the year right Chris.
"I thought he was great. You tip your hat off to a guy like that. He made seven threes.....were any of them not contested, hand in his face, falling, step back off the dribble? I'm okay with that. We're okay with that. He's the best shooter in our league.....But's that's not why we lost. We gave up 18 fast break points. We gave up 15 second chance points. Steph was special, obviously, but him hitting those setback threes is not why we lost the game."Uhhhh......15 points in the last 7:30 of a game the Cavs were winning by one.....
"It doesn't matter… He can miss a hundred shots. If they're great looks, they're drive-and-kicks, you shoot them with confidence. If he's feeling confident about his ability, then I'm confident about it."Go get 'em J.R.!!!!!!!
"By the way, you're welcome, for us giving you all of our players."She laughed.
"That's not the issue why we're down 2-1 right now. It's the way we are playing on the offensive end, especially to start games."
"You know, it's the NBA Finals, we're trying to win every game."Kind of cool, to hear LeBron essentially say the same thing.
"It's the grit squad that we have. If you're looking for us to play sexy, cute basketball, that's not us......everything is tough."Welcome to Eastern conference basketball!
"How many minutes can you play in a 48 minute game?"LeBron:
"At a Finals? ....40,41,42. In a regular season pace I can give you all 48. I play extremely hard throughout the postseason and I'd be cheating my team if if I said I could go out and play all 48 minutes. I think that's impossible.".........LeBron James played 50 MINUTES in game 2!
"You mentioned I believe yesterday,....you could play 41, 42 minutes. You played well over that tonight and still played - you were a force each and every minute on the court......can this continue? Are you built for this?"LeBron:
"Well, am I built for it? Well, of course I'm built for it (laughing). I mean, it's a maximum of five games left in the NBA season. So I/m ready for whatever."LeBron, what's it gonna take?
"Well, first of all, you can't let me have 40. You don't let me have 40. I go get 40."I love it.
"You always feel that someone like JR Smith can help you smoke out your opponent....you're just not sure if he'll burn down your house in the process"And...
"Is he another John Starks type.......probably."3/13 in game 1.....all 9 points in the first half.....
"The good thing about JR Smith is that he's not afraid to take any shot.In this case - it's probably a good thing for the Cavs, as I'm almost sure that JR will come out in game 2 guns blazing.
The bad thing about JR Smith is that he's not afraid to take any shot.
Bottom line: JR Smith doesn't give a F%$K."
"'Why not?' He's as good as anyone I can think of on any level - pure shooting, array of shots, percentage, getting hot, plays to the end - he checks all the boxes...."What do you think about his shooting in comparison to yours?
"He's such a beautiful shooter with such an array of shots and such a quick release... Steph takes it to another level.....He can do it from deeper, and frankly, I never took a step-back. He has no trouble taking a step-back and making it. You add that to all the other shots. It could be the clincher in this game of deciding who's the best"Okay Steve, what's the bottom line?
"Truly, from the eye-test, he's the greatest there's ever been."By the way, if you're worried about consistency, at 27, Curry already has the record for most consecutive seasons leading the league in most three point field goals (the last three years). And speaking of Nash and MVPs, Curry is only the 5th point guard in the last 40 years to win NBA MVP.
"F%$king JR Smith"
"I can't guarantee we'll win.....but I guarantee we'll play our a$$es off."