With the NBA Finals now complete, here today we bring to you episode fifteen - analysis of the season-ending fourth and final game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant helped out with a triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) and was named MVP of the finals for the second straight year (though some thought the award should've gone to Curry).
He finished his remarkable playoff run by scoring 23 points, pulling down seven rebounds and dishing off eight assists.
The visiting Warriors made an NBA-record 15-0 start to last year's playoffs with 3 sweeps and a 3-0 lead on the Cavs before suffering their only playoff loss, eventually taking the title in 5 games.
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"Whether it's opponents, whether it's different coaches panning for us, whether it's the fans, the media that hate us, it feels good when you're the team that everybody's gunning for", said Durant. Durant scored 43 points in that game, including a 33-foot 3-pointer in the final minute to all but clinch the win for the Warriors. The team does not have much cap space to sign free agents and they lack assets for a significant trade.
"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard. "I don't have an answer for you as far as that". The potential of core of LeBron, Embiid and Ben Simmons would make the Sixers one of the favorites to win a championship. The Warriors could be champions again as early as tonight, and this crown - after plenty of turbulence this season - would most definitely be one to savor. "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short".
The Cleveland Cavaliers had their chances in this series to win multiple games.
"We just know how to win", said Curry.
Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors received a lot of scrutiny, but his time in Golden State has been an outright success. - What happens now for Cleveland as a team, and LeBron as an individual? Durant's performance was again just like the National Basketball Association envisioned, and feared, that summer two years ago when he rocked the league's balance of power. "I'm going to try to hold onto it for as long as I can". James also laid out a potential blueprint for the Cavs to follow if they want to keep him.