Social media sympathy & skepticism for LeBron James after NBA Finals defeat

For the first time since the team acquired Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016 - a direct response to their loss to the Cavaliers in that year's NBA Finals - the Warriors had to contemplate their own mortality.

Golden State got about as bad a performance as you'll ever see from Curry, who shot 1-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points.

Cavaliers star LeBron James revealed after the game he had been playing with a broken right hand for the past three games. "As long as we're doing the right thing, we're in the right spots, we're helping each other out on defence, it just works for us".

As he often mentions, it's generally not about Xs and Os with this team.

"They made some mini-runs, but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over", Curry said. And Kerr's nightmarish pet peeve: Are we turning the ball over?

Yes, there was a baseline presumption at the beginning of every season that these two teams would meet, but that overlooked the fact that at any point on those team's respective journeys, something internal or external could have prevented the two team's paths from intersecting in the summer. After all, Kerr knows.

And the Warriors proved they can beat the Cavaliers.

The Warriors inflicted the first 4-0 NBA Finals blanking since the Cavaliers were swept by San Antonio in 2007. "Not winning four, but winning Game 4, so that's all we're going to focus on".

The Golden State Warriors became the NBA's first back-to-back champions since 2013 by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers. The playoffs were the real season, and everyone knew it. Just keep growing as a player. Kerr sounded exhausted when explaining his actions.

"I just want to congratulate Cleveland on an fantastic season", Kerr praised. "I'm exhausted of my voice". "But what's most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio". "I just appreciate what he's done for us this season". Every player has to draw the line somewhere.

'The only thing is with my kids getting older, that's the only thing that kind of stops me from going as long as I'd like to, ' he said.

The Warriors blocked 13 shots in the game, with Curry and Durant joining Green with three apiece. 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.

Sources told ESPN that James had two MRIs during the series and wore a soft cast when he wasn't practicing, playing or in view of the media - as to not give the Warriors a competitive advantage. A free agent, he might have played his last game in Cleveland. Knowing how much it takes to get back to the Finals for a fourth straight year, something only six teams in National Basketball Association history have done, something Kerr never accomplished as a player, he sacrificed regular-season wins with the big picture in mind. They can make plays. Only Kevin Love (13 points) and J.R. Smith (10) scored in double-figures in Game 4. He paused only to embrace his children on his way to the locker room. And he'll have to deal with a whole new set of obstacles next season. "But three years ago was, 'I can't believe this happened, ' and now it's, 'I can definitely believe this happened, but it was hard, ' and it gets more and more difficult as you go through".

This year, there's been a toughness to go along with the finesse. It didn't look like they were going to have enough.

  • Rosalie Stanley