Gilbert: Cavs focused on Finals, not LeBron's future

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gestures during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets in Oakland Calif. Saturday

Over the last four seasons, in his second run with the Cavaliers, James has stretched the limits of his long-established greatness, encapsulated by his chase-down of Golden State's Andre Iguodala late in Game 7 of the 2016 finals against Golden State.

Klay Thompson scored 35 points, Stephen Curry scored 29 and Kevin Durant added 23 as the Warriors rallied from a 17-point first-quarter deficit to knot the best-of-seven series at 3-3 - and keep their bid to reach a fourth straight championship series alive. Throw in some bad defensive communication errors by the Warriors, and the Rockets were raining threes in the first half - 11-of-22, with Gordon going 4-of-4. "We've got a whole city behind us, and they're as loyal as they come".

The 2018 NBA Finals are nearly.

The uncertainty surrounding James' future is just one of the many issues that loomed over the Cavs' season, from general manager David Griffin's dismissal, to the Kyrie Irving trade, to an explosive team meeting in January, to a complete roster overhaul in February, to persistent injuries, to even a leave of absence for coach Tyronn Lue to deal with a health scare.

"We did a better job moving the ball tonight, for sure", Golden State coach Steve Kerr said postgame. "The guy's a machine".

Boston led 26-18 after one quarter. The 22-year-old scored two points and grabbed two rebounds and a steal in four minutes in Game 6. "(But) they found a way to get it done. According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Rozier is even looking forward to meeting James again next season. He has quite simply turned a good team into a great one.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden left and forward Trevor Ariza sit on the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Calif. Saturday

"There's no pressure. It's an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he said. "It was sort of a head scratcher". "I thought it was an outstanding defensive game. But the defense eventually kicked in, and obviously that led to transition, and the shotmaking in the second half was just wonderful". Houston had 25 points in the second half and shot 2-of-9 from three in the third quarter. Now, Harden will have to do a lot more of that creating himself, and with the full attention/gameplan of the Warriors' defense.

Game 1 of the Finals will take place on Thursday, May 31.

"Nothing changes for us", Harden said. "I've just enjoyed everything that we've accomplished, everything we went through".

"We like our formula against these guys", Kerr said, "and we feel confident that we can carry this through to Game 7 on the road and continue to make things as hard as possible on Houston without fouling".

The Warriors had some success with an ultra-small lineup that unleashed Curry, but as soon as non-shooters were on the floor - Kevon Looney, Jordon Bell, and the Rockets were daring Draymond Green and Shaun Livingston to shoot - Houston shrunk the floor and took away passing lanes, plus contested every shot.

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