The Warriors, powered by 39 points from Kevin Durant and 34 from Stephen Curry, beat defending champions Cleveland 129-120 Monday to win the best-of-seven NBA Finals four games to one, avenging their loss to the Cavaliers in last year’s final.
Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench and stingy defense on James in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that many had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co.
That wasn’t the only time James got the best of Durant on a dunk during the NBA Finals. James ended the series ave. Rather than shrinking under the pressure of trying to claim his first title playing on a heavily favoured team, Durant has risen to the occasion with an outward calm, topping 30 points in every game of the series. But Thompson said their second title in three seasons was built on plenty of sweat over the course of the season.
Green had sat out Game 5 of the Finals a year ago, suspended because of flagrant-foul point accumulation.
What if Draymond Green had not learned his lessons about keeping his passion under better control, had allowed an offseason incident in MI to escalate into something worse than a mild distraction, and had drawn another damaging suspension that sent the Warriors’ direction just sideways enough? JaVale McGee has been useful in Golden State’s free-flowing offense, catching impossible passes and converting at a high rate. After Chicago finally beat Detroit in 1991, those losses retroactively became the gantlet the Bulls went through to make them battle-tested champions.
Green was determined to be there for his team in Game 5 this time around. “I’m not in the front office, but I know our front office is going to continue to try to put our ball club, put our franchise in a position where we can compete for a championship year in and year out”.
“You call us a super team“, Durant said. If a superstar can get about the same salary by switching to a much better team, there’s little incentive not to do so.
Durant was already one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history before his move to the Warriors after collecting the scoring title four times and picking up MVPs honors in 2014.
“He left it all out there on the floor, and to average a triple-double in the freaking Finals, man – add that to the LeBron long list that everyone keeps forgetting”. “Pretty much all of their big-name guys are in their 20s and they don’t show any signs of slowing down”. I put in work, I just had to trust in it.
Two things were confirmed for the basketball world on Thursday night: The era of the super team is here, and it takes a juggernaut to defeat LeBron James.
Whomever is the GM of this team going forward, they’re going to have to figure out a way to reshape a roster that is top-heavy on salaries. Several former National Basketball Association stars piped up to make the case that their old teams could have beaten the Warriors.