Before the game, James wiped away tears and fiddled with his new ring that is stuffed with 216 diamonds - representing Cleveland's 216 area code. "Most people will never get to be in this position, getting [championship] rings". A championship. In Cleveland. The Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and others will make a run, but there's no particular team the Cavs are jockeying for position against. Then he laid his newly minted ring finger on the wine-colored banner before it was raised to the sky. Call it the start of a title defense.
NY will have a few days off before returning to the court on Saturday, Oct. 29th for their season home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies. Across the parking lot at Quicken Loans Arena, James and the Cavaliers were busy routing the Knicks in their season opener.
"Overall, I thought we played hard", he said.
"It's going to be a great night for us". The hype of Brandon Jennings didn't translate into anything, as he scored just 7 points on 1-for-7 from the field, and there was nothing coming from the bench to help the Knicks stop the slide in the second half, and it'll take time to find someone who does.
In the final three games of the 2016 Finals, James dished out more assists (29) than Curry had in the entire seven-game series (26).
James finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists and one block in 32 minutes of work, notching the 43rd triple-double of his career - and his first ever on an opening night - to pace the Cavs to a victory that they broke open after halftime.
31-14 - The Cavaliers had 31 assists to 14 turnovers, compared to 17 assists to 18 turnovers for the Knicks. How's that for an opening act? Compliant to Cleveland's big night.
Richard Jefferson (13 points), Tristan Thompson, Mike Dunleavy and Channing Frye ... all contributed. It was a display of the right way to play. The Warriors reeled off an incredible 73 wins during the 2015-16 regular season, and became overwhelming favorites to capture their second straight title.
Even fans without tickets for either event are expected to flood downtown because of a concert across from the Q by rapper Wiz Khalifa. It will be cherished by the Cavaliers themselves. Tyronn Lue didn't know if Shumpert suffered a concussion after the game.
It was a great game, and it had that electric feel of October baseball - the cold, the energy, the tension that ratchets up with every new, pressing moment. "And we've got to play faster, play with more of a pace, get out and run". Two Cleveland teams at the top of their games a dream beyond dreams for fans. Not put them down, but for sure we have to foul them in the open court to make sure (James) doesn't get the crowd into the game. Having invested heavily in bringing 2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose and Chicago teammate Joakim Noah to the club in the close season, the Knicks are hoping to mount a serious challenge in the Eastern Conference this season. Reliving all the feelings and emotions of last June when this team did the unthinkable, seeing the flood of emotions on the players' faces again, all of it was just a rush of adrenaline, happiness, and exuberation once more.