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Biting Back: James and Curry make a hot combination

Lebron James
Lebron James
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Recently becoming a parent presented me with many, many life-changing epiphanies, but it is an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good.

While everyone feels they have the right to lecture you on the upcoming sleepless nights, they don’t figure that adversity always brings opportunity. Therefore, I have been able to keep a tighter eye than usual on the NBA play-offs.

And what a story they have been.

Back before he made ‘The Decision’ to take his talents to South Beach, LeBron James was something of an ancient Chieftain to his hordes of followers in Cleveland.

The unremarkable city on the banks of Lake Erie lost him to Miami for a spell, but now the Cavaliers can dream of winning an NBA again given James’ inspiring form as they continue to nudge past Atlanta Hawks in the post-season play-offs.

To watch a man as mountainous as James operate is worth every penny of a Sky Sports subscription, or at least a hokey internet connection.

His blend of grace, control and power rivals that of Michael Jordan and the fact that he is dragging such an unfashionable franchise on his back along with him shows that even among the super rich of the NBA, a sense of place can exist.

Meanwhile Stephen Curry is posting up what NBA fans on Twitter are terming ‘video-game scores’ as his Golden State Warriors threaten the sweep on the Houston Rockets in the other play-off series.

Sixty pounds lighter than James, his skills are more reliant on finesse, but no less remarkable. The two will collide in the final. Do yourself a favour and get into it on time.

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