After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference final, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 of the Finals and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in four years.
The Golden State Warriors secured their status as an National Basketball Association dynasty on Friday by steamrolling the Cleveland Cavaliers to claim a third title in four years, and one that might send LeBron James elsewhere to seek championships.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were just swept by the Golden State Warriors, and have now lost three times in their last four Finals appearances.
Kerr paid tribute to what James achieved in dragging a team that was reconstituted at the February trade deadline to the Finals for the fourth straight season, but he concluded that the bottom line was "we had more talent than they did and talent wins in this league".
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"I think it's never a success in the postseason when you lose, not for me", said James, who was noncommittal about his future afterwards.
James later revealed that he played the final three contests with a serious and self-inflicted hand injury suffered after a Game One overtime loss in which J.R. Smith ran down the clock rather than attempt a game-winning shot as time expired. James scored 23 points in Game 4.
Wherever he moves, the fans and detractors will no doubt follow. His passive play was shocking and in the decisive third quarter it was if James was saying "do you see what I have to work with?"
Durant said he enjoys playing for Golden State. "It's impossible to do that, because they're built from a different cloth, and I know that firsthand". Kevin Durant scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds and 10 assists, receiving his second NBA Finals MVP in as many seasons. With Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green leading the Warriors, LeBron and his cast of average teammates are overmatched in almost every category. He can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next month. The way we played, the calls that were made throughout the course of that game, and I had emotions that the game was taken away from us. "I'm just trying to prove to myself that I could just stay in it for the long haul, and hopefully I continue to have some success. But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that". Thing is, the Cavs actually hung in there for much of the second quarter, and even led 43-42 on James' tough runner with 5:49 left.