Warriors defeat Cavaliers to win second National Basketball Association title in three seasons
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 8:44
He was still wearing his sweaty uniform, ankle braces, kneepads and game shoes but, oh, there would be more partying.
For the third year in succession the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors secured the trophy in game five.
Though the Cavaliers led 37-33 at the end of the first quarter, Golden State soon reasserted their dominance by winning the second 38-23 to lead 71-60 at half-time. The Warriors and Cavs simply towered over every other team this season. The carefree approach permeated this Warriors team and helped make adding Durant to this collection of talent a seamless transition that resulted in a title.
The two teams have contested the past three finals. "So I've also realized that as far as becoming more of a team player, since my first year I've grown so much and I'm proud of myself in that area as well, but I've got a long ways to go".
Warriors coach Steve Kerr sees Durant as that missing piece to turning a formidable club into a historic juggernaut. Figuring out LeBron's legacy even as the Finals losses pile up will not be at all. "They're built for - from my eyes, they're built to last a few years". "Nothing you can look back on and now we just got to prepare and get ready again". Figuring out how to win a championship while this Warriors team is in tact will be hard. It's not about who scored what. So I'm going to enjoy this whole summer that, as a champion. He won a championship, and then we were close and didn't win one.
LeBron will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018 and has not spoken about whether he will stay with the franchise beyond that time. Whatever it is, the big-money contract will be a hefty raise from the $12 million he earned on the way to a 16-1 postseason.
Dan Gilbert paid a bunch of money to bring LeBron back to Cleveland and assemble a championship team and all he got at the championship parade was a half-hearted thumbs up from the King a year ago. "There was never any question in my mind that this was going to work". Technicals-Cleveland defensive three second, Cleveland team, T.Thompson, Smith, Golden State defensive three second, West, Golden State team.
Durant drove left, right and down the middle, knocked down three-pointers, dished and dunked. Here are the winners and losers from the 2016-17 NBA Finals. They beat the Cavs in six games to take the title that season. They learned from each other every step of the way, they pushed one another through fierce shooting competitions that were pure entertainment on a practice floor.
Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, came up big again with his 2017 postseason-best 20 points off the bench in a testy, tightly called finale to this trilogy Finals that everyone had stamped on the calendar from the moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Curry and Co. last July.
The 2017 season was about two concurrent narratives for these Warriors: redeeming last year's loss, and ushering in the next half-decade of basketball dominance with the acquisition of Durant. "It's lovely, man. Once in a lifetime, you have to really enjoy it, but this team is built to do it again, so I look forward to them doing it again", rapper Snoop Dogg said.