The alarm was sounded loud and clear by LeBron James not long after the NBA Finals ended, and every other player, coach and general manager around the league who did not end this season drenched in champagne surely agreed with what he was saying. The Golden State Warriors are arguably going to be regarded as having the best playoff run of all time after barely surrendering one game to a star-studded Lebron James team.
LeBron James, last year's Finals MVP, led the Cavaliers with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists but it was not enough as the home team came out on top.
His fists were clenched as he pondered his latest accomplishment, still wearing his sweaty uniform, ankle braces, kneepads and game shoes.More news: Van ploughs into Muslims in London
The invincibility of the Warriors, and the Cavaliers' inability (or lack thereof) to do something to change would be a key factor in whether he carries out that plan to remain in Cleveland for the rest of his career. "There would have been a Game 7 for sure". Their mental fortitude vanished.
As unforgettable for the rest of the National Basketball Association was the way the Warriors attacked the season, blending Durant's inside power with Curry and Klay Thompson's outside shooting to create a deadly combination and potentially long-lasting one.
"They're going to be here for a while", James said after the Finals ended, his words coming as the Warriors' celebration was still going in earnest. "That's not us, though". West, Thompson and J.R. Smith received techs after a replay review.
Draymond Green stayed on the court in a game that featured three technicals on one play 3:08 before halftime.More news: Tensions rise in Syria as Russia, Iran send US warnings
The two-time US Olympic gold medallist scored more than 30 points in each of the five games - the first player since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000 for the LA Lakers - and averaged 35.2 per game across the series.
In his six previous trips to the playoffs with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Durant had also been ousted in the Western Conference finals three times, in the semifinals once and in the first round once.
"Kevin's journey, our team embraced him".
The Cavs, meanwhile, with their season on the line in Game 5, lost their composure in the second quarter. Durant made those, not James, Irving or Korver. All they would have to do is retain Paul this summer and then make a play for LeBron and Wade next summer. The life-altering moments _ Smith's wife Shirley giving birth to their daughter Dakota five months premature.More news: Perez says he hasn't spoken to Ronaldo about rumors of exit
But whatever they gained from all those experiences didn't come together when the Cavs needed it most in Game 3.
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