June 28, 2017

LeBron James spectacular again; his efforts not enough for Cavs

14 June 2017, 07:03 | Jackie Morgan

To anyone thinking about saying or writing that LeBron James's legacy is tarnished after losing the 2017 NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors, I say this: Don't.

Durant averaged 35 points, eight rebounds and five assists per game, but the impressive part is he did it shooting 56 percent from the field.

To win his first National Basketball Association title, Durant had to overcome Cavaliers forward LeBron James, whose former Miami Heat team defeated Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 Finals. After waltzing through the first three games and then getting blown out in Game 4, I really haven't anxious too much about the Warriors during these finals. "This is a team sport and I just try and do my best with the team".

During a timeout from Golden State, James took umbrage with an official about the lack of a call on Durant, but the complaints went for naught, and the Warriors used that break in the action to settle themselves.

James hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and the Cavs didn't go away, cutting a 17-point deficit to three in the opening minute of the fourth quarter with help from Smith's 25 points.

Draymond Green is aware that he has a temper, but the Golden State Warriors' All-Star power forward apparently didn't realize the extent of how his temper is perceived by others.

From a first-time world champion to veterans with a few titles under their belt, the entire Warriors family got to celebrate an emotional National Basketball Association championship victory on their home court at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. "I'm confident we'll have him back. They were champions and they showed that tonight how hard they fought, but this was our year and we are excited", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the result. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers a year ago, the Warriors again this time.

"Once it hits zero and you see that excitement in their faces, it's nearly like in a lost world because you have no idea what to do", he said.

"It would be the same if you feel like you [had the best accomplishment] of you your life and somebody picked another one over you", James said.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year returned for Game 2 of the Finals following a six-week absence from the bench.

The Warriors, who were playing a Game 5 for the first time in the postseason, shot 51.1 percent from the field and 36.8 percent on 3-pointers.

Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.

For a while it looked like that run might just continue and the Warriors would put this one away early until J.R. Smith, the streakiest of streaky shooters got it going.

He also added 8.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists a game.

At the end, the gutted Cavaliers gathered in the locker room and emotions took over. But alas Game 4 came and you didn't have to be clairvoyant to know that the 2016 champs and LeBron James in particular, would come out and represent their mantra to the letter, defend the land, with an emphatic 137-116 victory.

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