National Basketball Association players react to the Warriors' third title, LeBron's free agency

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors was about as lopsided as it gets. But that wasn't enough to overcome the Game 1 gaffe and the powerful Warriors. If the Cavaliers couldn't keep up with the Warriors, then this is the final game.

"Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand". He averaged 28 points and 11 rebounds in the final three games of the series and also had a ridiculous alley-oop pass to himself in the first quarter of Game 3.

And again, it was Durant, who added 12 rebounds and 10 assists - more satisfaction and validation for a player who couldn't beat the Warriors so he joined them. He buried 7 of 15, and Golden State connected on 14 of 38, including 9 of 17 en route to a 61-52 halftime advantage.

"I've got a big smile on my face right now", Curry said.

For his overall playoff performance, Durant was named the MVP of the NBA Finals for a second straight season.

"Most of it is not stable", Myers said. The Cavaliers now have to move forward and start planning for the future - beginning with signing James to an extension at the soonest possible time. "I don't think anybody's even anxious about that stuff". Like I said, when you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually - for me personally, it made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships, and I still want to be in championship mode. The Boston Celtics had stockpiled assets as they've continued to do now, they used these assets to obtain Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. I just need to win. James' hand was so swollen after Game 1 that the initial MRI exam didn't reveal clear results. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard.

The Cavs had successfully faced down elimination three times this season but were unable to mount any threat of a rally in this one as the Warriors simply possessed too much firepower.

It was regarded as the weakest Cavaliers team he'd been a part of in the last four years and the achievement of getting them that far was regarded by some as the best of his career. ". I let the emotions get the best of me".

"I haven't really thought about it", Curry said of how long the Warriors might reign.

At the same time, the Houston Rockets - whose iconoclastic general manager Daryl Morey has openly admitted that he's "obsessed" with beating the Warriors and is confused by any team in the league who isn't - pushed Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference Finals last month. When James, who only attempted three shots from the floor during the second half, left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation from a home crowd that were chanting "M-V-P, M-V-P".

James, 33, can opt out of his current Cavaliers deal, with plenty of teams chasing the three-time National Basketball Association champion.

Kevin Love and the No. 8 pick are the two best trade assets of the Cavaliers.

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