The Warriors could very well have been celebrating their fourth consecutive title had they not done the unthinkable in 2016 when, after a record-setting 73-win regular season, they became the first team to squander a 3-1 lead in the Finals.
Durant was named the 2018 Finals MVP after he averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game in the Warriors' sweep of Cleveland.
Many NBA fans reacted to the announcement and the Cavs' defeat with sympathy for a player who many felt had "carried the team" during the finals.
"When you feel like you are really good at your craft, it's always great to be around other great minds and other great ballplayers", James said. Expectations to not only compete but to win another Championship for the city of Cleveland.
However, former National Basketball Association star Charles Barkley clearly dismissed the idea that the Cavs star could be compared to Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan. The Warriors demolished anything left in yet another of their signature third-quarter runs, extending their lead to 21 points before winning 108-85 in Cleveland.
\Steve Kerr didn't hesitate to keep things real.
As Zach Lowe of ESPN laid out, there is a possibility that Love doesn't get moved in response to James leaving Cleveland. "Even when you do defend them well, they've got guys like Steph and KD who can make unbelievable shots".
Durant scored 20 points while registering a triple-double in the series clincher but his efforts will be remembered mostly for the playoff career-high 43 points he scored in a pivotal Game Three that all but sealed the title.
"I hope he stays", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. The team does not have much cap space to sign free agents and they lack assets for a significant trade.
"I just want to congratulate Cleveland on an awesome season", Kerr praised. The Cleveland Cavaliers had what might have been the most competitive sweep in the history of the NBA Finals against one of the most incredible collections of talent the league has ever seen in the Golden State Warriors. "But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that".
James, playing his eighth consecutive finals, scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed off eight assists on Friday but fell to 3-6 in the finals for his career.
I guess the best analogy is bones are like eggs. "So now we've just got to finish the job".
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