By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) – Connor McDavid, a Canadian ice hockey prodigy whose skills have been compared to Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky’s, was selected by the Edmonton Oilers with the first pick of the National Hockey League Draft on Friday.
The 18-year-old center’s selection was not a surprise to anyone as he has been considered the most coveted prospect for years given his hockey sense, skating wizardry, deft passing and vision for the game’s finer offensive points.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – LeBron James carried his Cleveland Cavaliers on a thrilling playoff run but in the end, the weight of a city and an undermanned team on his shoulders proved too much to handle even for the game’s best player.
James delivered an NBA Finals performance for the ages but his hopes of snapping the city of Cleveland’s half-century-long championship drought were put on ice for at least another year by the Golden State Warriors.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The NBA champion Golden State Warriors proved on Tuesday that an age-old mantra — you have to learn to lose before you can win — doesn’t apply to them.
The inexperienced Warriors beat a LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers team to win the championship despite a roster that did not include one player with any NBA Finals experience.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Steve Kerr led the Golden State Warriors to their first NBA title in 40 years on Tuesday, a feat that might never have happened had he not reconsidered an interview request.
A five-time NBA champion as a player, Kerr initially declined a meeting with Golden State last year since he was already in discussions with the New York Knicks.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The Golden State Warriors capped a brilliant season with a 105-97 victory over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday to win the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.
The Warriors, the top-seeded team in the playoffs after bringing the best record from the regular season, won the best-of-seven championship series 4-2.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – LeBron James has carried the Cleveland Cavaliers throughout the NBA playoffs but getting them over the finish line could prove too big a challenge as his weary team’s shortened bench is taking a toll.
The banged-up Cavaliers, already down two starting players and dealing with health issues to a few others, looked sluggish in Thursday’s loss to the Golden States Warriors that knotted the best-of-seven NBA Finals at 2-2.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Getting his first start of the season on the game’s biggest stage, Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala delivered a standout performance that may ultimately prove to be the turning point in the NBA Finals.
After losing consecutive games to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors were looking for a spark on Thursday that would send them home with the best-of-seven series tied at 2-2 rather than facing elimination.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The top-seeded Golden State Warriors rediscovered their scoring touch and tied the NBA Finals at 2-2 with a momentum-stealing 103-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday in Game Four.
NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry, and Andre Iguodala each had 22 points for Golden State as the Warriors breathed new life into their title hopes by avoiding their first three-game skid of the season.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The top-seeded Golden State Warriors are feeling an unfamiliar sense of urgency to sort out their offensive woes in time to even up the best-of-seven NBA Finals with the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland silenced league Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry and the Warriors’ run-and-gun offense for the bulk of Tuesday’s Game Three to open up a 2-1 series lead that will surely test Golden State’s resolve.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – LeBron James is closing in on what would be the greatest feat of an already storied NBA career after putting his Cleveland Cavaliers in position to end a half century of heartbreak for the city.
Five years after he was vilified in Cleveland for leaving the team for Miami in pursuit of championships, James has the Cavaliers two wins away from an upset victory over the top-seeded Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.