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The first two weeks of the NBA season were a whirlwind of drama for the Cleveland Cavaliers and their superstar trio of Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
With the Golden State Warriors’ first game set for tonight, it’s clear there is a lot to talk about on the court.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were a legitimate Super Team when they started, but after losing to the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, things took a turn for the worse.
The Cavs won by 19 and it seemed like a clear path to the Finals.
LeBron James went on to record 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds, and the Cleveland fans rallied around him as he went on a tear.
The Cavaliers have won five consecutive games and are currently in a tie with the Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference.
But it wasn’t to be, and after a blowout win against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, the Cavs went out and lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder in six games.
“I feel like we lost a lot of games.
We lost by 17 and it was a hard loss,” LeBron James said after the game.
“But, we lost by 19.
But we’re still alive.”
The Warriors beat the Cavs by 17 points on Sunday and the team is on a four-game winning streak, which will be even more impressive considering they lost to Houston on Monday.
James was asked what it was like to go back to winning ways after the loss, and he responded by saying he feels like he has a “very good team” under his belt.
He also made sure to emphasize how much he enjoys playing basketball with his teammates, especially when he had a few of his teammates on the bench to keep things in perspective.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are the most dominant players on the Cavs roster and they are both playing great basketball this season, but Irving was also asked what he thinks about James having his team lose to the Thunder.
Irving, who has led the Cavs in scoring and rebounding since he joined the team, wasn’t too pleased about James losing, saying he has no problem playing with a star.
Kawhi Leonard is playing well and is averaging 16.6 points, but he hasn’t been able to keep pace with the elite scorers in the league, which has made it tough to match up with the other greats.
Leonard is averaging 20.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists, and is also shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 50.6 percent from three.
It’s not the first time the Cavs have lost to a team with a superstar like Durant.
James had the Golden States up 18 points with 4:58 left in the fourth quarter of the 2014 NBA Finals against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but the Cavaliers eventually won in five games.
The Cavs have won four straight games against the Warriors, and they’ve also won five straight over the Denver Nuggets and the Houston Rockets.
LeBron is averaging 25.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists and is shooting 52.4 percent from beyond the arc.
This is the Cavs second loss of the season.
They also lost to Oklahoma City on Saturday night, but that game was tied 2-2 after one quarter and the Cavaliers got off to a quick start in the second quarter.