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Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

Golden State Warriors Get The Best Of The NBA's First Finals Trilogy

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

"To have teammates that encourage you, that lift you up, that's what we all need in life", he said. Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games. But there were really two MVPs. In history it's happened three times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson with the Lakers; and Julius Erving and Moses Malone with Philadelphia. And because they couldn't possibly risk Durant signing elsewhere, they had to ramp up their courtship as soon as possible.

The Cavs absolutely dominated the Eastern Conference to the tune of a 12-1 record, as they made their way to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors for a third straight year.

Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.

While the Bay Area rapper lifted his "curse" last summer when Durant signed with the hometown Golden State Warriors, I have no reason to let him off the hook. The Warriors finished 31-2 in their last 33 games.

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On Wednesday during exit interviews, Kevin Durant dismissed the notion that the Golden State Warriors are constructed as a superteam.

Curry said before the season started that he spoke with Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson about the importance of sacrificing personal accolades for the betterment of the nucleus, with the understanding that money might be sacrificed, as well.

LeBron James doesn't do breaks. James has now slipped to 3-5 in the NBA Finals. While the dynamic clearly was different with Durant gone, Westbrook's talent was on full display all year. LeBron is now third in all-time Finals scoring.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr is a noted critic of Trump and his policies. Assistant Coach Mike Brown, who twice was sacked by Cleveland, did a remarkable job in his absence.

Rudy Gobert, one of the three nominees for this year's Defensive Player of the Year award, was a load for the Warriors to handle inside, especially when they opted to play small lineups.

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