Kevin Durant’s heroics against Cavaliers pull Warriors to brink of championship repeat

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2018

Golden State Warriors owner Peter Guber kisses the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

The lack of talent on the Cleveland roster eventually told in the Finals as they were easily swept by the star-studded Golden State Warriors.

As they have all season, the Warriors used an overwhelming third quarter to clinched the win.

That's now the question: How long can the Warriors keep this thing going?

It must be noted that tip off was a little after 9 p.m. on the east coast.

The Cleveland Cavaliers face an uphill battle in trying to retain the greatest player in franchise history.

The workout took place on the same day the Cavs lost Game 4 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors and were swept out of the series.

James finished the Finals averaging 34 points on 52.7 percent shooting overall (33.3 percent from 3), 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds.

This much is clear: Golden State has no designs on giving up its throne.

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The 33-year-old plans to consider everything once the season ends, but he offered some clues about what he'll consider before making his next move, a decision that will dwarf any other National Basketball Association news in July. "You know, I watched that team a lot during the year".

"Does it matter?" Durant said of being picked over Curry.

The Lakers also have decent young players - Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, and Lonzo Ball - they could keep or move for veteran talent and Los Angeles is a flawless off-court location for James to focus on his business interests in the entertainment industry. "But I know what I bring to the game".

"You don't want to cheat the moment", Curry said, the victory champagne still drying on his clothes and skin, wanting no part of any talk about dynasties or anything like that. The Boston Celtics had stockpiled assets as they've continued to do now, they used these assets to obtain Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Andrew Wiggins, to pick just one comparison, recently signed a five-year, US$150-million contract extension. ". I let the emotions get the best of me".

"What happened? Self-inflicted, postgame after Game 1". "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short, and I thought that's what our group of guys did in this series", Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue lamented. This time a year ago, Cleveland played an almost-perfect offensive game to win Game 4 and extend the series for a "gentlemen's sweep" in five.

Andre Iguodala, playing for just the second time in the Finals, contributed 11 points to the win off the bench.

Re-signing Paul while adding James to the fold would arguably solidify the Rockets as the biggest threat in dethroning the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference. When James, who only attempted three shots from the floor during the second half, left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation from a home crowd that were chanting "M-V-P, M-V-P".

All signs point to LeBron James opting out of his current contract with the Cavaliers in order to become a free agent this summer.

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