LeBron not faulting Warriors for building super team

Sunday, 11 Jun, 2017

A poor Game 1 by the Cavs was followed by a very solid Game 2 and a stellar Game 3.

But they forget that the Warriors also have Stephen Curry back.

So, when Durant hit free agency facing the possibility of a 10th straight season without a ring, a thought may have crossed his mind: Why don't I just join the team that gives me the best chance to win a title? Part of this was because he sprained his knee early in the postseason and didn't appear to be playing at full strength. While the Warriors are arguably the greatest team ever assembled, it's usually not wise to assume longevity given how much things can change year to year.

Durant led the Warriors to a comeback victory during Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

"No matter who I'm going against, if I'm going against four Hall of Famers. or if I'm going against two, or whatever the case may be, I'm always excited to play the game. It will be a massive upset, I think, if they're not there each and every year". "He wants to please people, that's an incredibly redeeming quality".

Durant knows what it is like to lose a Finals series, falling 1-4 in 2012 with the Thunder to the Miami Heat as James won his first title.

Durant is averaging 34 points, 10 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the Finals, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players with at least 25 points in their first eight Finals games.

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In these playoffs, however, that burden appears to have lifted, and Curry has been brilliant.

Later in the quarter, confusion arose as Green seemingly received his second technical foul of the game that would have resulted in an automatic ejection. And it was just a great run. So they're able to keep Steph, Klay, and Draymond, and be able to go out and sign someone else like they did this past summer by just getting rid of a couple pieces. Durant forces the Cavs, who are not a good defensive team, to make choices over which Golden State star they will try to stop.

LeBron James scored 39 points and Kyrie Irving added 38 to lead the Cavaliers. Golden State was down by six with three minutes left. But referee John Goble, calling his first Finals game, told ABC's broadcasting crew of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson that the first half technical was on Warriors coach Steve Kerr. There were a number of wide-open shots the Cavs just couldn't get to fall.

The Warriors, already on the longest playoff win streak in National Basketball Association history, set the North American sports playoff win streak mark with their 15th consecutive triumph, moving past the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins' 14-game run from the 1992 and 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs. His addition has taken the Warriors to a completely different level and made them, to date, literally unbeatable in the playoffs. The enthusiasm has returned.

"We'll see what happens", James said. "Their team (in Golden State) was already kind of put together, and you just implement a guy that's ready to sacrifice, a great talent, a guy that's willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win". The drain of 2016 seems gone. There are those who believe that Golden State won the first series in 2015 because of the season-ending injuries during the playoffs to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Cleveland players, but deny that Cleveland won the championship a year ago because Draymond Green, a key component of the Warriors, was suspended for Game 5.

LeBron James and his Cavs teammates have made clear throughout the series that these Warriors, with Kevin Durant, are not the same as the 73-win team the Cavs beat in last year's Finals.