In a back and forth game we saw both of these teams at their best. At times, both teams getting up double digit leads. As was the case in the three previous losses, it seemed as the game got away from the Cavs just for a short few minute span. A span they turned out to be a 22-2 run in the second quarter. Cleveland would battle back to get the lead down to five late into the third. Although in the end, it wasn’t enough to stop the onslaught of Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. When it mattered Cleveland did not have the finishers. Kyrie Irving went scoreless in the fourth and LeBron James and J.R Smith were the only Cavs to score in the last five minutes.
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James got whatever he wanted in the paint and that’s exactly what Golden State wanted. From the start, the Dubs had a game plan of a no threes defense. Durant was stellar throughout the playoffs averaging 28 points and eight boards. Bringing up his scoring output of 36 a game just in the Finals. Durant was simply unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor and a menace on defense.
In addition to a godly offensive showing, Durant impacted the shot of almost anyone who drove to the basket. In spite of those who claimed Durant’s lanky frame would make him a liability on defense, Durant and Draymond Green tortured James and the rest of the Cavs in and outside of the Arch. Durant’s dominance and versatility made his case for finals MVP undeniable.
Champion ? pic.twitter.com/YSrAvBElfc — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) June 13, 2017
This victory has every making of the beginning of something special and potentially a team that reigns dominant over the NBA. KD and Curry have both made it clear of their intentions to resign with Warriors. With Klay Thompson and Green in for at least two more seasons, they have potential to win every title in the foreseeable future. While the cost of their core will rise with more success, the future may be up to management. If the owners are willing to dish out the money, they could theoretically keep this going for close to a decade.
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However, that tidbit is in the distant future. The immediate future of this full-fledged ‘Super Team’ is as bright as any team to date. With every core player being under 30 and still in their prime if not just entering it. The shooting and fluidity of this Warriors roster will be something to watch for seasons to come.
FAM ?? pic.twitter.com/SYnckKYyFx — GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) June 13, 2017