Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

LeBron James doesn't want the National Basketball Association to change its playoff format

LeBron James doesn't want the National Basketball Association to change its playoff format

LA's "other" squad has made the playoffs each of the past seven seasons (though that streak is in jeopardy this season), and just locked up Lou Williams to a reasonable contract extension. "It will be great finally getting the game there, first time in a while", he said. During the interview on Saturday, James said he did finish high school and defeated the odds by doing so. The moneyline for this game is Cleveland Cavaliers: -220, Washington Wizards: +180 and 93.8% have picked the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the game.

James also revealed on what order he picked his team - a matter that has been highly debated - saying: "I took Kevin first, then I took Anthony Davis, and I followed that with Kyrie and DeMarcus". Embiid would make-up for the near turnover on the defensive end, blocking a layup attempt by Paul George.

"Koby did a heck of a job of understanding what our team needed", James told reporters recently.

Team LeBron went on a 21-9 run to pull within a single point in the fourth quarter.

Of course, that "capping off" also involved James being crowned MVP for the third time of his career.

On the ensuing inbounds play, LeBron would toss the ball full-court to Russell Westbrook for a layup to push the lead to three. Cleveland has the best offensive rating in the league since the deadline and playing at a more controlled pace, making defenses work through a late clock (they're just 25th in the National Basketball Association in pace with the new guys). So you've got to give Koby a ton of credit for what he did at the trade deadline, with all the maneuvering.

That was Sunday at the All-Star Game, when James again rose above the NBA's best in winning a game and MVP honors.

However, regardless of his "all-star comedic abilities", the team introductions - complete with bad jokes about Goran Dragic's "dragon breath" and Hart's own inability to pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo's family name, were not well-received.

This year, the NBA All-Stars got comfortable with that process.

From the tip-off, the game kept fans engaged. He finished with just 11 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the floor. We still got John out. The over has hit four straight times and is 6-3-1 in the last 10 games. The insane high risk passing games of years gone by changed to one where players were looking for the smart pass and better shots versus a wild shot that had little chance to go in.

No conference teams, no problems.

In polls conducted by ESPN during the All Star Break in L.A., the Sixers received votes from a sample of 48 players who were asked questions like "Where will LeBron play in 2018-19?" and "Which coach should LeBron play for?" They will have about 25 games remaining, with so much to sort out in both conferences. "When we sat with the union and we came up with this format, we all agreed, let's not turn something that's 100 percent positive into a potential negative to any player", the commissioner said. James had yet to play a game with Thomas, who was recovering from hip surgery.

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