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J.R. Smith’s Game 1 gaffe really did break LeBron James

10 June 2018, 12:51 | Pamela Mathis

LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers played with significant hand injury

NBA Finals: Kevin Durant’s heroics against Cavaliers pull Warriors to brink of championship repeat

The Golden State Warriors are the 2017-2018 National Basketball Assn. champions, blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight 108-85 at Quicken Loans Arena in what may be LeBron James's last game for the OH team.

Despite claiming the Eastern Conference crown for a fourth straight year, James was given a blunt reminder of how far short the Cavs are as they failed to win a game against a team who have won three of the last four National Basketball Association titles.

James, who was playing in his eighth consecutive NBA Finals and fourth straight with the Cavs, has carried the team since he returned in 2014 but would likely need to see some key additions to keep him with his hometown team.

Stephen Curry, who was in the running for the award, registered a game-high 37 points and knocked down seven 3-pointers in Game 4.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper all played in a pair of swept-out defeats in the finals with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"This is so hard to do and to do it three years out of four years is incredible", Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.

Windhorst pointed to James' unwillingness to shoot from distance later in the series as evidence of how his hand injury affected his play.

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Durant's prolific performance, and timely contributions from other Warriors, were enough to take a commanding 3-0 NBA Finals lead. It's tough to build a team ready to win now but also prepared for the future, and James has caused some of this problem.


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"I pretty much played the last two games with a broken hand". With LeBron entering free agency in the 2018 off-season, and many speculating he would leave Cleveland, many fans believed this was King James's last game as a Cavalier.

By the Warriors, by the burden he carried leading an underwhelming supporting cast to the NBA Finals, by the weight of his second Cleveland tenure possibly ending.

Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled Game 1. "Was able to finish the series off - that's what matters to us". The Warriors demolished anything left in yet another of their signature third-quarter runs, extending their lead to 21 points before winning 108-85 in Cleveland.

"One GM of one of the better teams in the West said, 'you know, Boston, there was a time you just stay in the East and you have a much easier path to the Finals.' Will that necessarily be true with Boston or Philadelphia?" The series ended in a sweep, and now, all eyes are on whatever LeBron James is going to do next.

If you are a fan of the Jazz and John Stockton and Karl Malone, Thursday represents the 20th anniversary of one of the worst non-calls in NBA Finals history.

Yet after falling behind 3-2 to the Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors prevailed, sparked by their unparalleled talent but also a sense of historical understanding. With his 43-point performance in Game 3, Durant joined Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal as the only players to score at least 25 points in their first 13 finals games. Golden State won the game 110-102.

Brown was working his 17th NBA Finals.



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