The Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers will face off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Making its first appearance in the conference finals, Toronto will look to upset a Cavaliers team that has yet to lose a game in the playoffs.
Not like he really needed bulletin board material, Cavaliers forward LeBron James may have been given some extra incentive from fellow All-Star, the Raptors’ Kyle Lowry.
“LeBron is probably one of the best players in the league besides Steph (Curry),” Lowry said following the team’s Game 7 win over Miami on Sunday.
While concluding that Curry deserved the award following its announcement, James made sure to give his own definition about what he thinks the award is all about. This led to some questioning whether he truly believed Curry was the most valuable.
When all was said and done, James finished third behind Curry and Kawhi Leonard for the award. It was the first time in years that the two-time champion didn’t receive a first-place vote.
All this coming with Cleveland and Golden State potentially set to face off in the NBA Finals for a second consecutive year after the Warriors handled LeBron James and Co. in six games last June.
Get your popcorn ready, the final four should be absolutely awesome. And if James takes Lowry’s comments to heart, there’s likely going to be even more drama back east than originally anticipated.