LeBron James' eighth straight NBA Finals berth deserves to be appreciated.
For those who entertain perspective, James did something in this postseason that deserves to be recognized and revered. The Game 7 victory in Boston Sunday earned James a silver trophy and not a gold one. It doesn't feel right to put this accomplishment next to the titles.
对于那些用娱乐眼光看球的人来说，詹姆斯在季后赛中所做的事情值得认可和尊敬。 波士顿周日的第7场比赛的胜利为詹姆斯赢得了一枚银牌，而不是一枚金牌。 银牌和金牌在NBA的世界里完全无法相提并论。
Yet it doesn't seem fair to slide it in the list of Eastern Conference titles and move on. It's the responsibility of basketball fans who are willing to explain to those who don't know or aren't born yet or maybe aren't aware what James has done this season.
Love James or hate James, his performance has earned the respect to understand and hold true the authenticity of the achievement.
What must be understood is it came when James was playing in his 100th consecutive game of the season. That he played his third game in five days. That he got round-the-clock treatment on his right leg after playing 46 minutes to stave off elimination 48 hours earlier.
That he played all 48 minutes in a playoff game for the first time since 2006, when he was 21 years old. That in the fourth quarter he made 4 of 6 shots, had three rebounds and four assists after he'd played 3,757 minutes this season, more than anyone else in the entire association.
"It's been roses," James said. "There have been thorns. There's been everything that you can ask for. I've said this has been one of the most challenging seasons I've had."
OK, so not a championship in name but it smelled just as sweet.
Hell hath no fury like the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter.
The Warriors dominated third quarters all season long and have kicked it into another gear during the playoffs. Yet another third-quarter blitz saved the Warriors' season on Monday night, when Golden State won the West and eliminated the Houston Rockets.
After looking sloppy and discombobulated in the first half, the Warriors morphed back into one of the most explosive offenses in NBA history during the third quarter.
Stephen Curry led the way with 14 points in the frame — only one fewer than the Rockets — and hit 4 of 5 3s, including one with 3:58 remaining in the quarter that gave Golden State the lead for good.
With Paul sidelined for the second straight game by a strained right hamstring, the Rockets needed a superhero night from probable MVP James Harden to have a realistic shot at dethroning the defending champions. Harden finished with 32 points, six rebounds and six assists but was only 12-of-29 from the floor and 2-of-13 on 3s.
The Rockets, minus Paul, simply didn't have the firepower to keep up with Golden State's superstars.
As a result, the Warriors celebrated on the Toyota Center court while Harden headed into the tunnel. It will be a summer of what-could-have-been for the Rockets, who couldn't finish off the Warriors without Paul after putting them on the ropes.
The Warriors are off for a fourth chapter against LeBron James' Cavaliers.