Did Lebron James deserve to be voted NBA Finals MVP?
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 10:30
The Golden State Warriors brought Kevin Durant to the Bay Area last summer for the express goal of winning an National Basketball Association title and erasing the memory of last year's collapse against Cleveland in the finals.
The Warriors followed up their 2015 title by winning a record 73 regular-season games in the 2015-16 campaign, but stumbled with a 3-1 finals lead and fell victim to the greatest comeback in finals history by Cleveland.
Durant has now scored 25 points or more in each of his first 10 finals games - a feat previously achieved only by Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal. If you're looking for a great way to celebrate Durant and the Warriors win, customize a pair now while you have a chance from nike.com.
It was the second time he and Durant had met in a finals series, following 2012 when James and the Miami Heat beat Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1. The Cavaliers went on to win three games in a row to secure the franchise's first title. "I'm so happy Kevin has broken through and there's more to come from him". "And they showcased that throughout the postseason and we were another opponent in their way", he added. Although he remained steadfast in his initial tweet's message, Smith expanded upon his opinion of KD's move, which ultimately garnered him his first championship ring.
But unlike last year's comeback when they took advantage of Harrison Barnes' offensive struggles, Durant answered every charge during a 39-point night and Cleveland will need to find new answers if these teams meet in a fourth straight Finals next season.
"No, not really. I don't believe I've played for a super-team", James said.
But three-time champion LeBron said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself.
In the end, the Cavaliers simply did not have the requisite star power to topple the talent-laden Warriors, even with four-time league MVP James doing all he could to keep his team in it.