The Cavaliers have achieved what many thought preposterous a week ago in stretching Golden State to the limit. This series' narrative has been an unpredictable, vacillating exercise in hardwood melodrama. While most pundits (myself included) labeled LeBron a bit past it after four games, much to Ayesha Curry's dismay, "The King" has emphatically reclaimed his crown.
While LBJ's past two performances have shocked both the Warriors and sporting world, the inverse equivalent could be said of reigning MVP Stephen Curry. As James has shined, (41 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 3.5 steals, 3 blocks) Curry has floundered (39% FG, 2.5 assists, 4 turnovers, 4 fouls) in games five and six.
Game six of the NBA Finals witnessed story lines aplenty; from Ayesha Curry's accusatory Twitter rant, to her husband's on-court meltdown; from LeBron and the Cavaliers forcing a seventh game; to a sideline legend making good on a dream.
Without further ado, here are today's Loud Links, NBA Finals Game 6 Edition.
Or in this case the league. Steph's vociferous other-half experienced a social media meltdown that would make 2-year-old daughter Riley pass her the pacifier. SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnel gives the details.
As the league's benchmark fouled out, he left a parting gift for the friendly court-side folk. (suspension perhaps?)
While league precedent states striking an official with mouth guard warrants an automatic suspension, what about innocent bystanders? Game 7 may become the most bizarre in NBA history.
What a week can change: for how LeBron will be remembered historically, try everything.
To the King goes the spoils. And YouTube homage that's either extremely unsettling or the year's finest piece of fandom. (Maybe a bit of both)
It don't mean a thing, if you don't got that ring. Why Golden State's pursuit of Chicago's immortal record may prove fatal to the teams' lasting legacy.
Long revered as a ubiquitous sideline presence for the world's top sporting events, the colorful Craig Sager made his NBA Finals debut Thursday night. Sager's post-game interview with LeBron James placed the end cap on a memorable game six.