At every step, the Warriors have been better. In short, nearly impossible. "We're going to keep competing", Lue said. So by no means are we giving in. We're not going to change our game because of who we're playing. It's exactly what makes sports so compelling.
The Cavaliers, however, are no stranger to defying odds.
It's a coach's job to keep spirits and fight up even at the darkest of times, even if, in his heart of hearts, even he can't believe those very words that just came out of his mouth.
Durant came out hot in the first quarter, hitting two triples in the first 150 seconds.
The Golden State Warriors are one win away from finishing the playoffs with a flawless 16-0 record, but their main goal is regaining the championship.
It's really not up to the Cavs.
This was made possible behind some late-game heroics from Kevin Durant, who scored his team's final eight points in the last minute as part of an 11-0 run.More news: White House defends Trump's scathing tweets
"And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's-you hope eventually it's going to take its toll", Kerr added.
With a sweep in the cards Friday night, Durant will take his leave from a star-studded group that includes legends Elgin Baylor, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Allen Iverson and Reggie Miller - Hall of Famers who never won a title. Irving can't be much better than that.
James broke down the play, highlighting every detail - Green with five fouls, Durant collapsing, Curry guarding Kevin Love and Korver being open in the short corner - before delivering his own counter punch.
Now, obviously, there are areas where the Cavs can be better.
Instead, when specifically asked about coming from behind a year ago when people thought it was impossible, and comparing that to this Finals series, LeBron said he "doesn't get involved in what people talk about".
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"It took a while for it to kind of reveal itself consistently as the regular season went on, but once it clicked and the habits started to become second nature, it was kind of lovely to watch and an wonderful kind of style to play and watch unfold", Curry said.
The top teams have to find talent on the margins in order to stay competitive (see: the Spurs). It's not one guy on that team that's selfishly looking for himself and not the team. Golden State's second and third best players are Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in any order you'd like.
But not because it would make a spiffy bookend to that 73-victory mark.
After last year's loss, the Warriors re-tooled, to put it lightly, and signed Kevin Durant. "You can tell, he knows this is his moment". "And that will hopefully continue as we hopefully go forward in our careers".
Steph Curry is known for a lot of things, but he added to his expansive resume of unique on-court celebrations Thursday by doing something he's not even sure about.
There were suggestions that he might have been miming defecating on the Cavaliers floor, but if he was Curry wasn't about to admit it.
"It was like a natural shock how that game ended", Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said. "I wish I could have a little bit more control over the reactions in certain situations". Like I saw it, no, I saw it, I just. "He needs a break, he'll let me know".More news: DUP leader Arlene Foster to hold talks at No10 with Theresa May
"With KD, you just see the supernatural".
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