To win his only championship ring in 2007 with San Antonio, Michael Finley had to get through LeBron James. The Spurs swept the Cavs, and at the time James was even more of a one-man operation. James was 22 and finished fifth in MVP voting that year, but the Spurs had the best defense in the league and they bottled him up, never letting him score more than the 25 points he cobbled together in Game 3.
Finley flashed back to that series, and how much James and the Cavs have changed in three years.
“Not only has his cast gotten better, he’s gotten better. That’s a scary thing. He could have easily been satisfied with where he was as a 2007 player where he guided his team to the Finals but he wanted to improve. The players around him wanted to improve. The players they brought in were a big improvement. So those things hand in hand, makes them a tough team.”