The path to this title was more precarious than the first two for coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who overcame injuries, expectations, a built-to-dethrone-them Rockets team and the brilliance of James, who may have played his final game in Cleveland. James had two MRIs during the series and iced the hand after games.
James finished with 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in what could have been his final game with the Cavaliers. "From five years ago until now, it seems like he's ten times better, because he's added so much skill to his game". "All I know is they're the two best players that I've ever witnessed". In only his second game back from an injury that sidelined him for six games, the veteran swingman gave the Warriors 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers along the way.
And they are having more than their share of fun along the way. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. If the Cavs had extended the series, the 2018 ratings would have looked a heck of a lot better, considering Cleveland's 30-point rout in Game 4 previous year produced a 35.5 rating and the Warriors' 129-120 victory in Game 5 generated a series-best 37.1 rating in Northeast Ohio. "I think we love to see each other succeed".
"When you have a goal, I think any individual, anybody, male, female, whatever the case may be, when you have a goal and you seek that goal out and you dream about that dream, and you put everything, and you care to - you guys like this brace, huh (laughing)?"
Now, James has a decision to make. Durant won it for the second straight year, averaging 28.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 7.5 assists.
He told reporters he had "no idea at this point" what he would do when he became a free agent on July 1.
The final on Friday night was Golden State 108, Cleveland 85. I don't remember anybody asking who was going to win MVP in the Finals.
Love 'em or hate 'em, there is no denying them. Durant played 312 possessions, over the course of which he held his matchups to a combined 33-of-65 (50.7 percent).
"Where is my family going to be the most comfortable at?"
Dragging these Cavaliers through the Eastern Conference playoffs and returning to the NBA Finals for an eighth straight time - something no one has done since Bill Russell dominated the NBA in the 1960s - ranks as one of James's greatest accomplishments.
James reportedly will meet this summer with Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston, Boston, Miami and even the Warriors. "Is it if there is a ball on the ground we can't reach for it but you've got to dive for it?" That means they'd have until 2020-21 to figure something out, at which time it's possible retirement or a trade of one of their players could factor as a way for them to duck the repeater. "He's on the previous year of a deal, so they don't want to take on money".
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