Warriors Fans Take To The Streets To Celebrate NBA Championship
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 10:52
After racing through the opening 15 games of this year's playoffs, the Warriors' win streak was snapped in Game 4, but the Western Conference champions are confident about wrapping this series up and securing theirs second National Basketball Association title in three seasons.
It was also the first career title for Durant, who left Oklahoma City last July to join the Warriors amid expectations he and Golden State would fill trophy cases. A key player the past two years because of his relentless rebounding and hard-nosed play, Thompson had been mostly invisible the first three games with just 11 rebounds.
Golden State have won their second National Basketball Association championship in three seasons after claiming a 4-1 series victory over Cleveland. "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now".
And, whether he was fully healthy by the end of those playoffs or not, the cold, hard truth for Curry and the Warriors is that, until they close this series out, last year's failure - and every subsequent one this season - will hang over them.
"The Playoffs (are) stressful and just the preparation, things of that nature, but that's just from how I prepare", James said.
It's now 2-1 for the team from San Francisco bay area, and while Cleveland's LeBron James is still the biggest name in the game, Kevin Durant is closing.
The Warriors captured the 2015 title in Cleveland with a 105-97 victory in Game 6.
LeBron James reacts following the Game 5 loss.
The Cavs were shaky early, but got back into it with their defense. Both teams in The Finals, they both feel the same way.
Golden State would rather forget that monumental collapse a year ago, when Green's absence for Game 5 because of flagrant foul point accumulation helped swing the series. James led all scorers with 41 points, grabbed 13 boards and recorded eight assists.
Kyrie Irving followed up his 40-point gem in Friday's Game 4 with 26 points but shot 9 for 22. Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players got technical fouls. Without their best player, the Warriors would have had more difficulty matching up with James and Kyrie Irving. If a superstar can get about the same salary by switching to a much better team, there's little incentive not to do so.
Curry took the full force of the blame for last year's 3-1 NBA Finals collapse. Will LeBron be able to stop the Warriors next year or is this team destined to dominate the league in a way not seen since Bill Russell's Celtics? "I guarantee you they don't want to get on a plane and go back to Cleveland [for Game 6] because then we'll probably be getting on a plane and coming back here again". You need that. And when we come out the beginning of Game 4 and lose shooters and turn the ball over carelessly, we're obviously not ready.