Now the question is this: Has LeBron James played his last game for the Cleveland Cavaliers? Boston eliminated Cleveland last night in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the second straight season the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers were bounced prior to the NBA Finals. After the game (click here for full SI.com coverage), James gave little away about what uniform he will be wearing next season; he is eligible to opt out of his contract this summer. ‚ÄúI want to win,‚ÄĚ James said. ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs only my only concern. It‚Äôs all about winning for me. I think the Cavs are committing to that but at the same time I have given myself options to this point. Me and my team have a game plan that we will execute and we‚Äôll see where we will be at.‚ÄĚ
The team James was talking about wasn‚Äôt the Cavs, and speculation about the moves of LeBron James Inc. will be the talk of the sports world over the next few weeks. Of course, there are actual games to play in the immediate future and we highlight a few below (all times Eastern):
-Flyers at Bruins (7:00 p.m., Versus)
Philadelphia is the first NHL team since 1975 to force a Game 7 after losing the first three games of the series, and¬† can join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 2004 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to win a series after losing the first three games with a victory tonight. But they‚Äôll have to do it on enemy ice.
-Preakness Stakes (Saturday, NBC, 4:30 p.m.)
‚ÄúOne possibility: Trainer Todd Pletcher's colt was lucky to get the slop that he loves in the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs's very own Calvin Borel on his back, a perfect storm of good fortune that led to a Derby win,‚ÄĚ writes SI.com‚Äôs Tim Layden of Super Saver‚Äôs chances in the Preakness Stakes.. ‚ÄúAnother possibility: Super Saver, a fast and gifted colt, has learned to control his speed under Borel and will crush a modest Preakness field and head to the Belmont Stakes in pursuit of the Triple Crown. Anybody who says he knows the truth is lying, but it's distinctly possible that Super Saver will get an easy lead in a paceless Preakness.‚ÄĚ Super Saver is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the race followed by Lookin At Lucky (3-1).
Celtics at Magic (Sunday, 3:30 p.m., ABC)
The Magic has not lost a playoff game in 2010 – they swept the Bobcats and the Hawks ‚Äď and have an unstoppable force in the paint in Dwight Howard. Look for a long series, which might be decided by the play of the point guards ‚Äď Boston‚Äôs Rajon Rondo and Orlando‚Äôs Jameer Nelson.
BY THE NUMBERS
Career games (including the playoffs) that James has played for the Cavaliers
Rebounds for James last night, a career playoff high.