Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP

Kevin Durant named NBA Finals MVP

Javier Howell
June 9, 2018

His broadcasting career goes back to the 1980s, and he's been with ABC and ESPN since 2004.

It was the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when James was dismissed by a powerful San Antonio team in his first one. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.

Following the game, he sat quietly in his corner locker with a towel draped over his head.

James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. James disclosed Friday night that he actually suffered a hand injury following that fateful game-when, in a fit, he struck a whiteboard with such force as to cause a reported bone contusion.

And they may stay that way. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to win the 2018 NBA Finals.

Curry, who had the terrible Game 3 after a record-setting Game 2, when he nailed a Finals all-time best nine 3-pointers, left the Cavaliers crowd muttering when he ended the half with a long 3-pointer to stake the Warriors to a 61-52 lead.

The 6-foot-11 small forward captured the award for the second consecutive year as the Warriors won their third championship in four years.

Turning Point - The Cavaliers have struggled in the third quarter all year long and throughout the Playoffs; the Warriors have been razor-sharp in the third quarter all year long and throughout the Playoffs.

The similarities saw the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Larry O'Brien trophy, just like the 2015 champs did a year ago over the 2016 winners. They are now tied with the Chicago Bulls for third-most championships in league history behind the Boston Celtics (17) and Los Angeles Lakers (16).

Stephen Curry scored 37 points for the Warriors, while LeBron James claimed 23 in what could be his final Cavs game.

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James left to a standing ovation after playing 41 of the game's first 44 minutes. ". [I] pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand".

It's hard to put it in a full, proper context and perspective in the moment, but I will say this: this Warriors-Cavs rivalry is one of the best in the history of the National Basketball Association, the modern era of professional sports, and perhaps the full spectrum of sport. "Sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that".

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver marvels at how the Warriors have put themselves in this position. The team he came up against is the sort that can turn JaVale McGee and Nick Young into champions. In fact, scores were tied and Golden State won in overtime.

Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing.

Having been on the court shooting for the past four NBA Finals between the two teams, he's responsible for iconic images of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and the heated emotions that the Finals bring out from the biggest stars in the sport. Became the ninth team to sweep the finals.

It was an unfortunate result for the Rockets, they lost Chris Paul to injury for the final games of the series.

That includes a victory over the Warriors past year in the NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers were in the same 3-0 deficit they face now.

James' future isn't the only one in question.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said his team has not given up on itself.

"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher. Can't get enough of this feeling. I had to fight through it.