4. Warriors Get Thier Revenge And Become Champions Over The Cavs
The Golden State Warriors failed to finish off the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year’s NBA Finals. This year, 2017, they beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to regain the NBA Championship with a 4-1 series win. The Warriors secured a 129-120 victory this morning to take their second title in three seasons and cap a near-perfect run through the play-offs.
For the third year in succession the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors secured the trophy in game five.
3. LeBron James was incredible but couldn’t stop the Warriors
LeBron James has stood in the way of Golden State each of the last three seasons. He stole a title last season, but this year he was only able to prevent the sweep in Game 4. He was incredible throughout the entirety of the series. Game 4 was his game-high 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. But it wasn’t enough to send the series back to Cleveland for Game 6.
LeBron has three rings and is breaking a new NBA record every game he plays. This year, he passed Michael Jordan in playoff scoring, Magic Johnson in playoff triple-doubles and became the first player to ever average a triple-double in the playoffs. His pedigree speaks for itself. He’s an incredible player. But the Warriors are still standing in his way. The question is, What will he, James, do next year to regain the crown?
2. Durant finishes as the Finals MVP, winning his first title
Durant has been chasing a title ever since his loss in the 2012 NBA Finals,… . James’s Miami Heat had beaten Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder in that 2012 season. He called James the only person he has looked at since 2012 in terms of competition. James won his first title against Durant, and now KD wins his first against James.
Durant was key to the Warriors’ victory and their 16-1 postseason run – the best in the league’s history. The first-time title winner scored 39 points as point guard Stephen Curry posted 34 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. Durant was named the Most Valuable Player of the Finals. In a tear-filled interview on the court after the game, Durant said he had not slept in two days and was anxious and jittery before the game, but all of that was over now. “We prevailed,” Durant said. “We’re champions and we did it on our own floor.” LeBron James was the first one to congratulate Durant on his first title.
During the trophy presentation, Steve Kerr, Warriors Coach was asked about incorporating the brilliant Durant into his already-talented roster this season. Warriors Coach who has won titles in two of his three seasons as a coach, took the opportunity to praise himself in a tongue-in-cheek manner. “Well, we have very little talent, actually. It was most coaching.”
1. The Golden State Warriors Might Be Building a Dynasty
With two championships in three years the only question worth asking now is how much further can they go.The Warriors winning the title doesn’t feel like a shock and some would even argue it’s not great for the NBA.
The majority of their core won 73 games last year and a title the season before that. Then they went out and added Kevin Durant. They still have to find a way to keep this core together in the upcoming offseason, but if they can then this could be the start of a true dynasty.