We are witnessing the beginning of a basketball dynasty. For the second time in three years, the Golden State Warriors are NBA Champions. The Warriors finished the playoffs 16-1. They won an NBA record 73 games last season. They won 31 of the last 33 games this season.
They set the record for the longest postseason win streak in the four major pro sports (15). With KD, Curry, Thompson and Green this team is set up to wreck havoc on the league for years to come.
Kevin Durant finally won his first NBA Championship and Finals MVP. Durant scored 30+ points in all five games. It was a lot of criticism regarding him leaving the Thunder for the Warriors. In this Finals series, KD reminded everyone how special of a player he is. He completed changed the landscape of this entire series.
The scary thing about the Warriors is that they accomplished so much in the last three years and there not satisfied or complacent. This team isn’t afraid to aim high and make history.
They play an unselfish and exciting brand of basketball that is contagious. There no egos on this team, just a bunch of guys who love playing with each other and love winning.
Where do the Cavs go from here?
Even though the Cavs lost the NBA Finals in five games, there are still some positives to take away from this series. They avoided a sweep. They ended the Warriors run at perfection. After game 2, they actually outplayed the Warriors, even though they lost that crushing game 3. This series easily could have been 2-2, instead of 3-1, and eventually 4-1.
The Cavs lost to all time great team in the Warriors. Everyone predicted the Warriors would win this series and they did. When you add Kevin Durant to a 73 win team this is the result you get.
LeBron has been to seven straight finals and looks to continue to build on that legacy. He became the first players in NBA Finals to average a triple-double and did all he could for Cleveland. No one will ever forget the championship he delivered last year.
The biggest thing Cleveland needs to do in this offseason is bolster there bench. Outside of JR Smith they didn’t get much production from there bench. Williams didn’t show up all series. Korver had his moments. Shumpert had one good game.
The Warriors just had too much depth and firepower.
It was a forgone conclusion that the Warriors would win the NBA Championship. If they can three peat next then the dynasty talk will start to get louder.
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