He also produced what will likely go down as the signature moment of the Finals when he hit a three-pointer over LeBron James with 45 seconds left in Game Three that gave the Warriors the lead for good and all but sealed the Cavaliers' fate.
Now, you may say: "So what?"
"I can't believe it, but I have to", Durant said recently of where he is after a decade. Yes, they drafted wisely and built soundly.
LeBron James in 2010 parted ways with his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, taking his talents to the Miami Heat reinforcing the "super team" concept. Last week, Smith had Durant's mom, Wanda, on First Take and told her directly that her son's move to the Warriors was "weak". Who needed to be a breakout player for the Cavs? "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families". Many NFL teams began to embrace the spread offense and having really tall tight ends that can catch the ball. We struggled at first, then, as a smart team does, that plays together, that's unpredictable out there, they figured it out, and when I was hurt, they took it to another level.
James himself thinks that he has never been a part of a juggernaut squad of guys who were considered guaranteed title contenders.
"They're going to be around for a while", James said.
Zach Johnson making an early move at Erin Hills
Moments later, he began a run of five straight birdies that put him right where he wanted to be going into the weekend. Open record in relation to par with his seven-under score, and his bogey-free 65 could have been even better.
Johnson on course, opens with a par
Your No. 1 handicapping statistic in golf should be how a player has fared in the past at a certain layout. That sea of knee-high fescue bordering the fairways is just as treacherous as it looks on television.
Curry put up just 14 points in a disappointing game four of the Finals at Quicken Loans Arena - he only scored fewer points in eight games across the regular season and playoffs - but claimed a 34-point double-double as the Warriors clinched a 4-1 series win on Monday. Just like he did this year.
Cleveland rallied to win the next game, avoiding a Finals sweep with an historic shooting performance that breathed life and hope into the fan base. And it was just a matter of time before we were going to break through. James left his Cleveland home to team up with superstars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, surrounding himself with what eventually proved to be enough firepower to win an National Basketball Association title finally.
The small forward, during his one and only TV interview on Wednesday, had a Face-Time call with Late Late Show host James Corden, and was seemingly hungover from all the post-game celebrations.
"You always want to see great competition". This year, they added two veterans (former All-Stars) in Kyle Korver and Deron Williams. It's not an option Mike Brown and Steve Kerr exhausted through the opening four games of the series, but they leaned on it heavily in Game 5 when they beat the Cavaliers by nine points.
"But as far as that team, they're going to be here for a while", he said. "We'll see how long".