It felt like déjà vu. "He hopes to return to the ESPN Radio booth if there is a Game 5". The Warriors were up 2-0 and coming off a double-digit victory. With LeBron entering free agency in the 2018 off-season, and many speculating he would leave Cleveland, many fans believed this was King James's last game as a Cavalier. The Warriors made a comeback. Andre Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, scored 11 points. Should the Warriors sweep, Curry would seemingly need to have a huge outburst, combined with a slow night for Durant, if he wants to win the award for the first time.
But as the Cavaliers have struggled to win a game in the NBA Finals against Golden State, the absence of players who can score in bursts has been noticed. Others were sad that LeBron - who put up spectacular performance in every game during the Finals - failed yet again to win a ring. As he left the court he gave congratulatory fist-pumps to Steph and the rest of the Warriors players, which showed that guy is pure class!
They built a lead as big as 13.
Golden boys: Kevin Durant, second from left, celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers.
"Even more impressive, perhaps, was the Cavs" work on defence. That quarter ended with a loss in a five-game series to the superior Spurs and an ugly divorce with Miami team president Pat Riley. The other "Splash Brother' Klay Thompson was hardly any better".
There's no shame in losing to a Golden State Warriors team who had just solidified its place in league history as an absolute dynasty. KD was electric in the first half, dropping 24 points and dominating on all ends of the floor.
James might have played his final game for the Cavaliers. The Warriors found themselves trailing by just six at halftime. The Warriors blew them out in two of the final three games. What was startling, however, that they did so without Curry or Thompson finding their range.
The vote for Finals MVP was 7-4 for Durant over Curry. "All season, getting up, going to work with these guys is unbelievable", Durant said. Golden State will be looking to retool a roster that, despite its dominance, might require some modification.
"I'm not sure LeBron knows what's going to do with this one".
Durant is the closest player to James in this series, averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 42 minutes per game.
It was the fourth year in a row the Warriors met Cleveland in the finals. The Warriors' successful title defense marked the 13th time in National Basketball Association history a team has won at least two in a row, and they became the seventh franchise to do so, joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons.