Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

James praises Warriors' depth

OAKLAND, Calif. — Cavaliers star LeBron James is impressed at what the Warriors are bringing to the table.

"No other team in our league has the two best shooters in the league on the same team," James said of the Warriors on Friday. "No other team in our league has that many playmakers."

That came after a night in which Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for only 20 points in Golden State's Game 1 win.

It was those other play­makers — Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa— who keyed Golden State's victory, and that's a big part of what impresses James about the Warriors.

"People look at Steph and Klay, but when you add Draymond and Livingston and Iguodala, that adds playmakers," James said. "You can't just key in on guys. Those guys can all make a play for not only themselves but also for others."

The energy that so many different players bring to the floor makes it tough on Cleveland defensively, and James thinks the Cavs' six-day layoff after the Eastern Conference final didn't help.

"Us having six days off definitely wore on some guys' legs from a fatigue standpoint," James said. "It is what it is. We're in the Finals at this point. I think it was good to get that first game out of the way."

There's the idea that Cleveland's dominant 12-2 run through the Eastern Conference playoffs has been dismissed by some as the Cavs having played weaker teams than what the Western Conference has to offer. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was asked how different it is facing the Warriors.

"We're both in the Finals," he said. "That's all that matters."

As for James' message to his team after the loss? "You don't just throw everything away over one game," he said.

good time to be born: Newborns at the Ohio hospital where James and Curry were born will get some special gifts during the Finals. Akron-based Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. is giving care packages to parents of children born in Akron-area hospitals through June 19. James and Curry were born at Akron City Hospital. Families of the newborns will receive a set of four tires, an "Akron Born" one-piece outfit and a car seat. Summa Akron City Hospital, Cleveland Clinic Akron General and Akron Children's Hospital are helping deliver the packages.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Knicks introduced new coach Jeff Hornacek, who said the team needs to add pieces around forward Carmelo Anthony to contend. "Anytime you got a superstar, I think that gives you a chance, and we have that in Carmelo," Hornacek said. "It is a matter of building around him. I don't think we are that far off." Team president Phil Jackson praised Hornacek, his third coach since he took over in 2014, for his "skill and basketball knowledge on the floor. This is a coach who can teach and also has an idea of what kind of practice he wants to run and how he wants to do business.''

James praises Warriors' depth 06/03/16 [Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 9:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays relishing surprise status

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays on Friday played their first post-All-Star Game contest at Tropicana Field while holding a playoff spot since Sept. 23, 2013.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 21, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. gets extra day off to let hip heal

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RF Steven Souza Jr. ran in rightfield before batting practice under the watchful gaze of the Rays training staff and manager Kevin Cash. Afterward, Souza told Cash he could use one more day of rest before playing on the left hip he strained Wednesday in Oakland.

    So, that's what …

    Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brad Miller (13) gets a hug from right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) after his solo home run in the fourth inning of the game between the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, July 21, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: FS1; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  4. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Rangers game

    The Heater

    Looks like LF Corey Dickerson is coming out of his funk at the plate — .186 average in past 16 games entering Friday. He had two hits Wednesday in Oakland and three hits Friday against the Rangers. Okay, one was an infield hit that bounced high in front of the plate, but the other was a long home run to …

  5. History shows Ole Miss upheaval tough to overcome

    College

    After Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday, with the opener six weeks away, offensive line coach Matt Luke is being thrown into an interim head coaching position. He will try to save a season that already had been scarred by a self-imposed bowl ban for NCAA violations.

    After coach Jim Tressel resigned, Ohio State went 6-7, including a loss to Florida in the Gator Bowl, in 2011.