"It's just so intense in the playoffs and getting to the Finals and now the Finals, I don't think - and I know he doesn't - I don't think even our guys are talking (about anything other than) what's in front of them. Just happens. You have nights like that", said Stevens.
James played all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career and is already at 100 for the year with at least four more to come.
They can still do it all the way to a fourth straight NBA Finals.
After 10,000 people paid $10 each to watch Saturday night's game at the Toyota Center in what was a fundraiser for victims of the Santa Fe school shooting, Harden has no doubt that the home fans will be ready to help them out in Game 7. The Warriors were also forcing turnovers, 21.3 percent of Rockets possessions ended with a turnover (more than one in five trips down the court).
"It's an opportunity, though, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of", he added. That means the victor between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will move on to compete for an National Basketball Association title, while the other team goes home. After the victory, LeBron James and his teammates acknowledged their opponents and the difficulty of winning a series decider at the TD Garden.
Paul missed the Rockets' Game 6 loss to the Golden State Warriors due to the right hamstring strain he suffered in the final minutes of Houston's Game 5 win. They had to play seven games just to get out of the first round, and seven more to finish a climb out of 2-0 deficit against a younger, more athletic Celtics team. Curry knows that if the Warriors hope to return to the finals for the fourth straight year they'll have to get off to a better start in Game 7.
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.
It wasn't until the second half that his supporting cast came to life and the Cavaliers were able to wrestle control back from the Celtics in the low-scoring contest. He called James' Finals streak "ridiculous", especially considering the pressure and scrutiny James is under. He has quite simply turned a good team into a great one. For good measure, he gave James (who finished with 35 points in Cleveland's win) a chest bump and a stare as he skipped up the floor. I thought I had as much respect as I could have for him, but it just keeps on going up. We're a confident group. I have to tip my ht off to every guy on this team for really making an imprint on this game and making it tough for Boston to get comfortable. I haven't really processed the fact about going back to another Finals yet.
At the podium, James said he hadn't processed the fact he is going back to the Finals.