The question is how with the Cavaliers so close to the salary cap, how do they add quality players?
The title season was officially over.
The Golden State Warriors star summoned Bay Area tattoo artist Nino Lapid to his home Tuesday night for a Curry family ink session. The only thing that isn't clear at this point is who will be in the Cavs' starting five in Game 1. Certain parts of their offense that worked against Los Angeles - Joe Johnson's isolation plays, Joe Ingles leading pick-and-rolls - seemed less effective in the Golden State series.
For Stephen Curry and the rest of the returning Warriors, it was redemption for last year's upset loss to Cleveland in the Finals. Golden State announced the signing of Durant, a free agent forward and a former MVP, on July 7.
When it was time to put up or shut up, Durant put up 30 or more points in every game of the finals, becoming just the sixth player in league history to do so.
Bandwagon fans jump ship when the team they follow starts to show signs of sputtering out, and find the next team collecting all of the leagueÕs superstars. But they also saw their own shooting slump (47.7 percent vs. Clippers to 41.9 percent vs. Warriors).
The Clippers have always been stuck in National Basketball Association limbo, making the playoffs for the past six years but never making it past the Western Conference finals.
The obvious choice in the Eastern Conference is the Boston Celtics.
The Warriors made one of the great playoff runs of all time, ending with a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday. But when the Warriors needed a stop, he was often the one slowing down LeBron James or providing weak-side help. All playoff series are also the best of seven games. There would be no rally for the Cavaliers this time around.
Some might compare the moves by Durant and James, but the situations the two were entering were nowhere near the same.
However, in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, with the threat of returning to Cleveland for a Game 6, the Warriors busted it out - along with their notorious "death lineup" - and buried the Cavs. They pass and distribute the ball like no one else in the league. Walking away with a victory, all eyes were on what took place quarter after quarter in Game 5.
As I prepare to go on vacation for a couple of weeks, all I've been able to think about is the state of the National Basketball Association.
Two years ago, the Warriors' meteoric rise was touted as a metaphor for that of the city itself, which was beginning to shed its reputation as the crime-plagued and protest-studded stepchild of San Francisco to become a must-go destination featured in national and global media. If Steph Curry and members of the Golden State Warriors have strong disagreements with President Trump, they should go engage him in debate and discussion, and make their disagreements known to him, and give him an opportunity to react. But his consistently jaw-dropping performance in the Finals-including the most clutch shot of the Warriors' season-brought him to a new level of greatness.
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