Warriors Complete Sweep, Repeat as Champs

Reliving Kevin Durant’s top-10 playoff moments leading him to the verge of his second NBA title

The Cavs' reign lasted only one year, destroyed by Durant's shocking departure from Oklahoma City for the 73-win Warriors, a team he couldn't beat but was glad to join. Golden State was, definitively, the best team in these Finals and the best team in the league.

Mindful of last year's missed chance at a flawless playoff run, the Warriors expect their toughest NBA Finals challenge from Cleveland on Friday, June 8 (Saturday, June 9) as they chase a series sweep.

The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half.

Many outcomes seem inevitable in retrospect. Golden State throttled Cleveland, holding the Cavs to just 13 points.

JR Smith notched double-figures for the third time in the series - but he didn't exactly light up the scoreboard doing so, netting 10 points on 3-for-8 shooting. That move was always about his want for titles, or perhaps through it, a want for validation.

Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, becoming the sixth player to achieve this feat.

The vote for Finals MVP was 7-4 for Durant over Curry. "Going through it, the trial and error is only going to make you a better player". Draymond Green is nothing short of incredible, and to even argue otherwise requires a willful ignorance. After Kevin Durant did that, Klay Thompson hugged right back.

The Golden State Warriors secured back-to-back championships on Friday night as they completed a sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs' roster has turned over twice in the last calendar year alone.


After eight straight trips to the National Basketball Association finals (with three victories), greener pastures may appeal, particularly if the Cavs can't do much to upgrade the talent on their roster.

As they have all season, the Warriors used an overwhelming third quarter to clinched the win. These playoffs were his personal stress test.

Now, as James said Thursday, "everyone is trying to figure out" how to assemble a team to knock off a dynasty. It likely won't sit well with him if the Celtics bring James into the side. The Warriors, in turn, made his limits abundantly clear. Part of his rationale comes from the fact that he spent a lot of time on the bench as a player, and he knew how much more invested he was when he actually got off the pine every once in a while.

James could opt to stay in the East to avoid the Warriors until the Finals.

Throughout the playoffs, James tried to will his team to victory, averaging 37.7 points, 10.7 assist and 9 rebounds a game heading into the last game.

"I let the emotions get the best of me and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", he said.

"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games, probably one of the greatest playoff runs that we'll ever see from an individual, to carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and as a player", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue gushed of James. This sort of injury hardly qualifies as an excuse, considering that LeBron doesn't need one. While Durant is expected to re-sign, JaVale McGee, David West and Nick Young are among those who no longer will be under contract. It can balance the egos of superstars and rely on the contributions of a rookie.

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