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Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title

Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title

"It's a great feeling to be back here". And it was the first time that a team had lost a finals in a clean sweep since 2007, when the San Antonio Spurs inflicted that pain on... the James-led Cavaliers. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next. He leaned back and slumped in his seat, the towel still covering his head, and sat that way for several minutes.

James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. "I had emotions that you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road against Golden State to be able to get a Game 1".

LeBron James played through the NBA Finals with a serious right hand injury that he sustained after Game 1, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. If the Rockets had Chris Paul for Game 6 or Game 7 of that series, if Paul's hamstring hadn't betrayed him at the worst possible time, then the Warriors could very well be on vacation right now.

So when the injury bug hit in the regular season - Curry missed 31 games, Durant missed 14, Green missed 12 and Thompson missed nine, Kerr's prophecy came true. Do his children decide they just want to stay in Northeast Ohio? Yet Golden State won anyway with relative ease because Durant took over the game, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the Warriors' scoring output while also leading the team in rebounds (13) and assists (7). Remember, he's doing everything he's doing - he averaged 34.0 points, 10.0 assists and 8.5 rebounds in the NBA Finals - with defenses putting more attention on him now that Irving isn't on the floor. So numerous Warriors' comically open looks are the result of Curry's gravity, and those stats aren't quite as easy to measure as points per game or field-goal percentage.

The question was basically this: Would you rather win an National Basketball Association championship on Friday night in Cleveland and hear booing from the Cavaliers' home crowd, or finish off the series in Golden State before happy Warriors fans? They are now tied with the Chicago Bulls for third-most championships in league history behind the Boston Celtics (17) and Los Angeles Lakers (16).

James scored 23 points in Game 4.

James is expected to decline his $35.6-million player option and become a free agent.

Asked if he had played his last game for the Cavs, he told reporters at a post-match press conference: "I have no idea at this point". "The one thing I've always done is considered my family". While Durant is expected to re-sign, JaVale McGee, David West and Nick Young are among those who no longer will be under contract. If he wants to go and get a championship, by all means go and get it. They overcame an 11-point deficit in Game 1 of this year's NBA Finals and rallied from 13 points down to beat the Cavs in Game 3 on Wednesday. "We've never done that in our 4 years, sweep the finals". Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals went on to draw in 19 million viewers, the third best result of the five-game series.

The one variable that could potentially change all of this, though, is James's family.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said his team has not given up on itself.


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