Ahead of the "Showtime" Lakers and Michael Jordan's Bulls and everybody else? "It's just fun", he said, "and I felt better".
For the record, LeBron has averaged 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals through the first two games of the NBA Finals, while Durant has averaged 35.5 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Cleveland took a 113-107 lead on J.R. Smith's three-pointer with 3:09 left in the fourth quarter, but Golden State finished the game on an 11-0 run.
But the top-seeded Warriors, seeking their second title in three seasons, are playing at another level and barring a meltdown of epic proportions, will soon be celebrating their second National Basketball Association title in three seasons. That ties this matchup with the Warriors/Blazers series as the 3rd-least competitive series through the first 2 games this postseason.
This is wise. The championship is the most important thing, and history comes after that.
Golden State easily covered the first two games, whipping the Cavaliers by a combined 41 points.
"He took over", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant.
"I know the standard we have, and he's risen above that standard", Warriors forward Draymond Green said.
Tristan Thompson has been neutralized as the Warriors are devoting multiple players to keep Cleveland's relentless rebounder off the boards.
The three-point dagger over James was exactly the type of play the Warriors must have had in mind when they signed Durant last July in hopes of avenging their 2016 NBA Finals loss to the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers gave absolutely everything they had last night. "Are we 14-0 right now?"
"We literally have never once mentioned 16-0".
So this is the immediate goal that leads to the epic one.
The Warriors came out firing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and added their names to the record books with their red-hot shooting. Players know that they can bait refs into making bad calls and the refs need to open their damn eyes and make calls based on their training, not their anxiety.
Unfortunately for the network, the Warriors haven't lost in the playoffs yet.
Contrast that to Curry, and the point guard comparison really isn't close.
"We dont want to go back to the Bay", Thompson revealed.
Green, who is a power forward, was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team and won his first NBA Championship with the Warriors in 2015.
Green was also named an NBA All-Star and All-NBA Team member the following two seasons. The NBA playoffs, in general, have been a series of blowouts and stale games that have left fans heading for the exit gates early. "I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of".
Green is probably right - there will always be arguments about things that can not be proven, and it's impossible to precisely weigh champions from different eras against each other.
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