It's not often that LeBron's team gets to play underdog, so Cavs GM David Griffin is going to milk it for all it's worth.
The Dark Souls series' impact on modern game design is a testament to its quality, with no small number of blockbuster and indie titles borrowing elements of FromSoftware's punishing action RPG franchise. The Japanese studio's decision to transpose the medieval fantasy aura of Souls onto a more overt horror-inspired canvas proved to be a masterstroke, as did bonding the game's claret-drenched buffet of Stoker-esque beasts and Lovecraftian monstrosities to a mutation of the typically defensive Souls combat where the hunted became, quite literally, the hunter. The resulting unholy matrimony of white-knuckle gameplay, oblique lore and gory visuals was an appropriate fit for the legions of eldritch nightmares lurking in Yharnam's ornate streets and cathedrals, with many deeming Bloodborne to be a superior experience to its spiritual predecessor.
Above all else, the Pittsburgh Penguins are here in the Stanley Cup final chasing history because of two long-time organizational pillars: Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Crosby and Malkin helped the Penguins climb from the depths of the NHL to the pursuit of a third title in the last nine years and, potentially, the first repeat win in the salary cap era. "They're both special," Penguins winger Phil Kessel said.