Warriors crush Cavs to win third NBA title in past four years

Hope Soto
June 9, 2018

While the Warriors are at the top of the National Basketball Association mountain with a third championship in the past four years, they face some free agency questions of their own.

"I let the emotions get the best of me, and pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand", James said following Friday's Game 4 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The Golden State Warriors won a second consecutive championship by completing what they failed to past year - sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Aside from their series clinching losses to the Warriors, the Cavaliers have fared well in elimination games the past four seasons - going 7-2.

In the home locker room, this might be the final time LeBron James is at the Q in a Cavs uniform. He finished the night with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

If the Cavaliers can keep the series going with a win Friday, the series will return to Oracle on Monday for a 6 p.m. start in Game 5.

LeBron James was relaxed, reflective and even resigned to his fate. Stephen Curry scored 37 points with seven 3s, six rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks.

"It feels great to go out there and win a championship with these guys the way we did it".

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Hey, all in a day's work for the former two-time MVP who has had his sights set only on a third title trophy.

Curry said individual accolades are "kind of a validation" but that the Warriors' title matters more.

When it comes to ratings, there was also a difference that might sting for the Disney-owned net and the league nearly more than the second loss in a row will for now-free agent James. I wondered if we could hit a switch in the postseason. There's no shame in losing to what Scott Sargent referred to as the "Voltron Warriors" replete with Kevin Durant's 7-foot frame as the robot's destructive head.

However, and there's the rub, there were some differences - and we're not just talking President Donald Trump disinviting both the Warriors and the Cavs to the White House. After the game, James revealed that he'd broken his right hand punching a chalkboard after the Cavs' Game 1 meltdown in Oakland.

Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "He has a lot of things going on as well".

James said his decision to bolt from the Cavs the first time was simple. "Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short". The East might be a wild race, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston probably all likely to enter the year thinking they have NBA Finals potential - as will any team that has James on its roster next fall.

He told reporters he had "no idea at this point" what he would do when he became a free agent on July 1.

"They made some mini-runs, but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over", Curry said.

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