January 22, 2019

Warriors sweep away Cavaliers to repeat as National Basketball Association champions

09 June 2018, 07:02 | Anna Jefferson

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver has been shut down by the Warriors in the NBA Finals for a second straight year

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver has been shut down by the Warriors in the NBA Finals for a second straight year

We were able to finish the series off. Maybe it will be a bit of sports trivia, fit for a TV show or a way to stump a friend at the bar. He feared it would cause his Warriors to underachieve - which, for them, was anything short of another championship.

None of the Curry snubs are indefensible.

Which team will LeBron James play for next season? Kevin Durant was spectacular in 2017, and he hit the series' most memorable shot. With the Finals MVP award up for grabs, I expect Curry to bounce back from his rough shooting night in Game 3 and lead the Warriors to an easy win to cap off the season. Still, it's hard to think that during this run, with plenty of incredible performances, Curry hasn't been recognized during the game's premier showcase.

James averaged 34 points, 8.5 rebounds and 10 assists in the series, but as has been the case in the past, he didn't have enough help. But since then, he has seen the Cavaliers trade All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, the departure of general manager David Griffin and back-to-back Finals losses to the Warriors.

Steph Curry led all scorers in Game 4, finishing with 37 points on 12-for-27 shooting, including a 7-for-15 mark from long-range and a flawless 6-of-6 from the stripe - adding six boards, four assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

But beyond the talent disparity, James said the key to winning a championship is "you've got to be very cerebral too". To his credit, Curry would nearly certainly make the trade of MVP trophies for Larry O'Brien trophies. The Warriors won in 1947 and 1956 when based in Philadelphia plus 1975, 13 years after their move to the San Francisco Bay area, and the latest run.

Los Angeles would further James' options post career while also giving him a reasonably strong team to chase another ring with. While Curry can shoot any team out of a gym, the attention he commands off the ball is nearly just as important. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, two of the Warriors' other stars, were also unproductive, combining for 20 points despite each playing 40 or more minutes.

What Durant's shadow has done is cast a fog over Curry's accomplishments in the moment.

Many NBA fans reacted to the announcement and the Cavs' defeat with sympathy for a player who many felt had "carried the team" during the finals.

"They're going to come out just gunslinging". Or Pippen over Michael? The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1969. "Going through it, the trial and error is only going to make you a better player".

Now, with the Golden State Warriors leading the series 3-0, I think it's time I wrote this article. Curry's shooting seems so unfair that it's nearly not revered the same way as LeBron's tireless forays to the rim or Durant's effortless scores over hapless defenders. So if you make a mistake, they're going to make you pay.

The Golden State Warriors became the NBA's first back-to-back champion since 2013 as they claimed their third title in four years.


All that's clear is this: Cleveland isn't winning another National Basketball Association title anytime soon with a roster that looks like the one it had in this series.

"To win in a sweep, it feels pretty good", Durant said.

The Warriors are better. Golden State is so good, it didn't need its best player to be the best player on the floor to win another title.

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