LeBron James, Cavs could see quick turnaround if history repeats itself �� but that’s a big if
Upshot: This was the most dramatic of midseason slumps, because at the tail end of it �� following a loss to New Orleans, which was playing without star Anthony Davis �� James sounded off to the media, complaining that the team was top-heavy and lacking enough talent to repeat as champions. He told the team’s beat reporters that, We need a f��ing playmaker. This came shortly after the Cavs had wrung out their last few assets in order to obtain Kyle Korver from Atlanta.
The Cavs did play well immediately after their slump, though they continued to struggle into March and April. In the end, they returned to the Finals and were knocked out by the Warriors in five games.
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook added yet another triple-double with 23 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds in a 121-114 road win over the Grizzlies.
Pelicans forward Anthony Davis scored 42 points and added 15 rebounds to lead New Orleans to a 139-117 win over the Lakers. Davis was an impressive 15 of 18 from the floor and 10 of 11 from the charity stripe. He even made both 3-point attempts.
For Curry, his leadership position was now on display for the world. With his stance, praise was coming, but so was condemnation. President Trump would respond on Twitter that the Warriors’ invitation to the White House had been withdrawn.
Over the coming months, Curry and former President Barack Obama had a discussion about what the Warriors could do as an alternative. Curry and Obama have occasional text exchanges that can range from small talk to sports to worldview matters. Briefly discussed was the possibility of the team visiting Obama, but that was quickly dismissed as both agreed it would only open up the floodgates for individuals to spout off about so-called political leanings.
He is one of the game’s most well-rounded defensive backs with his ability to cover the slot and also cover a lot of ground like the natural free safety he is. He won’t be underrated and under-compensated much longer.