The Golden State Warriors have won their second NBA championship in three seasonsMore
14 June, 2017, 20:27
The 2017 NBA Finals showed that the Cavaliers aren't equipped to beat the Warriors as now assembled, and LeBron James is growing older with heavy mileage from his many trips to the NBA Finals combined with Olympic and other worldwide appearances.
The Bulls may think this way too, especially a professed self-professed loser like John Paxson, who'll insist "it's too difficult" and just punt a few seasons because there's no real path to a title while Durant+Curry and the rest of a versatile historically-great-shooting team remains together.
The Warriors raised the Larry O'Brien trophy on their home floor after a 129-120 game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday night.
"As far as that team, they're going to be here for a while", James said of the Warriors. Golden State general manager Bob Myers also was moved to tears given Kerr's courageous Finals comeback from an 11-game absence while dealing with complications from back surgery following the 2015 title run.
As this year's season, playoffs, and Finals proved, there are now only two teams with a chance of winning a title in the current National Basketball Association - and one of them isn't very close.
This is how James responded: "No, not really". I don't believe in that.
"I don't know. I'm not a - I'm not the GM of the team. So, no, I don't really, I don't".
"Kevin's journey, our team embraced him". The Warriors won this title last July on Long Island, New York, as much as they won it Monday night in Oakland, recruiting Durant to join their forces as if he were a 17-year-old five-star recruit and they were John Calipari.
Fact: Most people reading this are, like me, 0-0 in the NBA Finals - for eternity.
James and Kyrie Irving dueling Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry was such good theater, it made you wonder if the Olympics should've added 2 on 2 as a new sport rather than 3 on 3. He dramatically drove and dunked on Cleveland's defense, knocked down big 3-pointers and blocked shots while handling the load of defending King James.
What made them great: With Cousy controlling a powerful offense and Russell patrolling the paint for the league's leading defense, the Celtics outscored teams by more than nine points per game while going 23-5 and 11-3 on neutral courts - yes, National Basketball Association teams played neutral-site games back then. I'm happy for him.
They were looking to avoid a repeat of last year's Finals, when they lost to the Cavaliers after blowing a 3-1 series lead, and they managed to do that thanks to a remarkable team effort. Last January, James went public again with profane gripes about his supporting cast. That's what we needed. "We're a top-heavy team". "And there's more to come from him".
Before the Warriors can re-sign Curry, they have to re-sign Durant.
The constant complaining about his teammates and management is getting stale. "Well, it's a two-sided question because for me personally - I don't know", said James. "I'm starting to back up".
Let's try to look into the mind of LeBron James, shall we?
James is still under contract with the Cavaliers through the 2017-18 season, so the earliest that he can move west is during the summer of 2018.
Everyone likes to talk about James' legacy - see Fox Sports, San Francisco Chronicle, Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, etc., etc., - usually in terms of championships. Knocking James is like never having acted in more than a school play and theneviscerating Meryl Streep for winning justthree Oscars despite being nominated for a record 20. He won a championship, and then we were close and didn't win one. And yes, it was a degree of "super" more than any other instance of super-teaming. Even if they meet for a fourth straight time in the Finals, will the Cavs have enough to compete?
The Warriors were outclassed by the likes of former Alabama star JaMychal Green with a double-double and former Auburn star Toney Douglas with key minutes off the bench.
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Then, in the third quarter, Green was called for another technical, which would have forced him to be ejected from the game. Bringing defensive help against Curry leaves someone else open for a pass and scoring opportunity, Durant warned.
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The Golden State Warriors have been a favorite for most of the playoffs series, and little has changed with the Finals. And they were desperate and they outplayed us. "When he's getting 39 points off 2s, you can live with that".
Don't ever give up on this team, Cavs fans. "They boo me and thought I had a tech I didn't have, so that wasn't sharp" Green said. Fans who are not season-ticket holders had a chance to buy Game 5 tickets on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday.
The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from 3-1 down previous year in dethroning the Warriors. As the Warriors learned, James and the rest of the Cavs can make a series lead vanish if you let them.
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