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Takkarist McKinley predicted Warriors would win NBA Finals in 5 games

16 Juin 2017

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry sits on an exercise bike prior to an NBA basketball news conference on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

Their very best players - National Basketball Association final MVP Kevin Durant and two-time regular season MVP Stephen Curry - are still in their prime and they've given no indication they're going anywhere.

"We're going down as one of the best teams ever and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala said. "I still feel that way today". "I've got nothing but love and respect for him and I can't wait to compete against him again next season".

On Monday night at Oracle Arena, Durant had 39 points-the difference-maker in the Finals as teammate Draymond Green had predicted-and walked off as Finals MVP. "The things that you said about my son, I really appreciate that, but I just think you were kind of harsh".

Durant and Curry were always right in the middle, yet they stayed loose and focused by building their own relationship - not to mention shooting skills - through regular shooting contests that were oh so close. "I might call him and say, 'If they ask, just say our schedules conflicted.'And then if Y'all write something, we'll say, 'Fake News'". "We learned a lot about each other going through this journey". "And when Steph turned that corner, I think it was after Christmas Day, when he turned that corner, we became nearly unbeatable". Is it going to be Steph, K.D., Klay? They're going to have to get me down from this cloud.

That synergy is what fuels concern around the league - how can this team be beaten? The Warriors went 15-1 in the postseason, with sweeps in the first three rounds before beating LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the NBA Finals.

That is because the Warriors boast an intimidating starting lineup featuring four All-Stars in their 20s who are likely to be with the team for years to come.

Curry and Durant also heard from former President Barack Obama with congratulations, though Durant said he was most excited that among 200 messages was a text from a high school girlfriend he didn't realize still had his number.

"I mean, come on, you got a bunch of guys who are talented and can shoot and pass and dribble, and they're unselfish", coach Steve Kerr said. They're pretty darn good right now....

Wanda Durant and Smith had gone back-and-forth over the ESPN personality's criticism of her son, most notably Smith's description of the offseason defection from the Thunder to the Warriors as "the weakest move I have ever seen by any superstar in any sport". "He had an fantastic series, just dominated", Kerr said.

Takkarist McKinley predicted Warriors would win NBA Finals in 5 games