Back-to-back titles, and Finals MVPs, for Kevin Durant

Dean Simpson
June 10, 2018

"Obviously, we haven't had many playmakers throughout the course of the season".

The naysayers can complain about Durant's move from Oklahoma City to Golden State two years ago tipping competitive balance in the league, but the Warriors' ascendance to the status of a dynasty was far from assured.

As first reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, LeBron James has been nursing a significant right hand injury after he punched a black board in the locker room following Cleveland's Game 1 loss on May 31.

With the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season in the books (congratulations to the Warriors on winning an impressive but inspiring championship over LeBron James and four other guys), the 2018-19 season pretty much starts right now.

After a sub-par performance in Game Three, Warriors guard Stephen Curry responded with a spectacular shooting night by scoring a game-high 37 points, while James had a team-high 23.

Also, it's highly unlikely that the Cavaliers will consider trading LeBron James for a package centered on Hassan Whiteside. "It was definitely the toughest from the standpoint that it's the fourth year in a row that we've attempted to get back to the finals".

James could opt-out of his contract and become a free agent or pick a team or opt-in and tell the Cavaliers where he would like to be traded, like Chris Paul was last offseason.

"K.D.'s been unbelievable these last two years, especially in the Finals and so deserving of back-to-back Finals MVPs", Curry said.

"We just know how to win", Curry said. If he decides to leave again, we'll always have that one parade. "I just appreciate what he's done for us this season". Game 4 was over by halftime.

Golden State came out hot, with Curry netting 12 points in the opening frame at Quicken Loans Arena. Golden State outscored Cleveland 25-13 in the third quarter, James managing only four points - all on free throws - in the period, and the Warriors rolled through the final minutes to another coronation.

Whether it's just a conspiratorial ploy by oddsmakers to try and profit from the Sixers' growing popularity or the earnest belief that the Sixers are going to be the best team in the conference by a wide margin next year is unsure.

James is coming off what is arguably one of his best seasons as he averaged 27.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game while also playing in all 82 regular season games.

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