Kevin and L: Durant Rises Up
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 9:11
The Golden State Warriors could finally put those jokes about them losing a 3-1 lead to rest.
James collected a game-high 13 rebounds, eight assists and two steals to go with his 41 points in becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in the Finals. Cleveland stormed back from a 3-1 series deficit to win last year's finals against Golden State after the Warriors knocked off the Cavaliers in the 2015 finals. A 67-win season followed by a record 15-0 start to the playoffs, dropping game four in Cleveland to miss being the first unbeaten playoff champion.
Their one title came a year ago when the Cavs became the first National Basketball Association team to rally from a 3-1 Finals deficit to deliver the city its first major championship since 1964.
The next time the Warriors had the ball, Curry looked for it. "I don't believe we're a super-team here".
Well, Durant got that first championship on Monday, and it didn't seem too hard. The 7-foot (2.13 m) small forward and 2017 Finals MVP has said that after his controversial decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder and join the Warriors last offseason, he is not eager to move again. "But one thing I know about LeBron James, though, he'll probably be back in the gym the start of July getting ready for next season". Both of them could improve the Cavaliers, but it is questionable if Cleveland can afford them as the team will have to pay over $120 million for their players next year, which is well above the salary cap.
"We put in work, man. Stop telling that it wasn't earned or we didn't work for it, man". "You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he added.
"I love it, I love the group, I love coaching them every day, and this is what I want to do for a long time".
In the decisive match, he scored 39 points along with the astonishing shooting percentage 14 of 20 in 40 minutes on the floor.
There will be a parade Thursday in Oakland to celebrate Golden State's win.
"You got to call Kevin Durant a champ now", sidekick Stephen Curry said. After the game at his post-game press conference, Lebron said about the Warriors, "they're gonna be around for a while, they don't show any signs of slowing down".
"It was 55 seconds left", he noted, "and I bent down, and I'm like, 'Is this really happening?' And Draymond (Green) was like, 'Keep playing to the end.' Andre is like, 'Keep playing.' We have like 50 seconds left".
"I'm just happy for him".