Golden State Warriors: 5 reasons they'll repeat as National Basketball Association champions in 2018
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 8:42
Kevin Durant's love and respect for his mother Wanda is well known.
After losing their grip on a 3-1 lead in The Finals in 2016, the greatest team in National Basketball Association regular season history decided it needed one more piece before they could take down LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After coming out to a flawless 15-0 in post season, the Warriors dropped game 4 in Cleveland against the Cavaliers and finished off the series Monday night in Oakland with a 129-120 win. If you give all your effort and all the fight and all the heart you got, it doesn't necessarily mean you're going to win. And I just tried to do that, but also be aggressive.
"This is history", Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said. I've been put here for a specific objective: "to be a witness and to share my testimony as I go through it".
"We were able to hit the switch, but those games in January, November, games people think aren't important, they're important to me and they would have been important to our ball club".
But there's only one time in NBA history has the NBA Finals MVP award gone to a player from the losing squad - Jerry West claimed the award in the 1968-69 season, when his Lakers fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games. He ended the series averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. "I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team".
Led by NBA Finals MVP and newcomer Kevin Durant, the NBA's latest "super team" proved to be too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers' 49 points in the first quarter of game four were a record for a single quarter in any finals game.
"We'll be back", LeBron said, "me and you". And I'm like, 'Bro, we're about to win the title'.
The Warriors are poised to dominate the league over the next several years, especially if Kevin Durant agrees to take less money to keep the team together.
"They call us a super team but there has been a lot of super teams that haven't work".
Which all set the stage for Monday's home victory, the first of the club's five titles won in front of loyal San Francisco Bay area supporters.
But more than anything, these Finals proved once again that LeBron James is the best player on Earth.