Durant vindicates move to Warriors after fi nals victory


Golden State's championship-clinching victory in Game 5 of the NBA Finals was watched by more than 25 million viewers on ABC, wrapping up the most-viewed series since Michael Jordan's last title in 1998. So when Steph Curry's ridiculous 3-pointer over Kyrie Irving dropped to give the Warriors a 14-point lead with just over 40 seconds, Golden State covering the spread looked like a lock. For the first two games of the Finals, Cleveland was flat-footed, trying to adjust to playing at the pace and level of the Warriors, but the final three games LeBron James and company stood toe-to-toe with the Warriors - and still lost two-of-three of them.

But while the victory was enough to please Warriors fans, those that bet on Golden State to cover the spread in Game 5 left the game with an absolutely brutal taste in their mouths, all thanks to J.R. Smith.

These Warriors are likely going to win multiple titles with Durant and Curry paired for the next five years through their primes. Durant wants his first championship.

Durant vindicates move to Warriors after fi nals victory

Had they won that - and they should have - the Warriors would be up 3-2 instead of World Champions. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are 27. "There's players and there's players that play the game at a higher level".

Recall the 2015 NBA Finals, when the Warriors took on a Cavaliers team without both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

The Cavaliers like to play a more rugged game using the size and strength of James, Love and Tristan Thompson to their advantage.

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But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home.

For reference, no other Warriors' player was better than plus-50, and LeBron James, as Herculean a performance as he put on in the Finals, was minus-6 for the series. The Cavs certainly aren't lacking in star power themselves, but it was clear during this year's Finals that the addition of Durant took the Dubs from perennial favorites to almost unbeatable. "Steve will be our coach".

"I'm just happy for him".

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"The way that he embraced the opportunity in the Finals, it was unbelievable", Curry said. "I'm ready to do it again".

Kerr won the NBA's Coach of the Year Award for the 2015-16 season.

They weren't so Golden in their lone blemish, a Game 4 loss when they played some of the poorest defense in Finals history to spoil a flawless postseason.

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Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.