"To do this three out of four years is incredible".
The Warriors got healthy, and now they're on the brink of a dynasty not likely soon forgotten.
Photographer Ezra Shaw has been on the court for all four NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors, capturing iconic images of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and countless unforgettable moments. The 13 blocks was a playoff high for the Warriors this year; they only had three games during the regular season with more than 13 blocked shots. "I hope that doesn't sound arrogant".
"We know we can beat this team and we have the confidence to do that", Lue said. "But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that". James was removed with 4:03 remaining and congratulated the Warriors before taking a seat on the bench. The crowd took a while to find its feet, but eventually serenaded him with one more "MVP" chant, for old times' sake. He committed six turnovers.
Let's be totally honest here, did we really think that Embiid wouldn't be the first one to say something to James?
And now it will intensify following an uninspiring performance in what could very well be LeBron's last game with the Cavs.
Warriors small forward Kevin Durant was named MVP for the second consecutive year after averaging 28.7 points per game in the series, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists, ESPN reports. Stephen Curry scored 37 points.
That came on the heels of Curry setting an NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers made, breaking a mark Ray Allen set against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010.
"We all want something that's bigger than ourselves", Durant said. "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".
In the wake of back to back National Basketball Association championships, it's all about the cool gear for the fans of Dub Nation. For two years now, there wasn't almost enough of it in Cleveland.
Fans react while watching the broadcast of the Golden State Warriors playing the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
The Cavs were the last team to be swept in the Finals, back in 2007 by the Spurs. Game 3 of this year's Finals brought in a total audience of 17.9 million sets of eyeballs watching on ABC on Wednesday night. You're coming off a championship and you're expected to get back to that level for Game 1 of 82. James scored 23 points in Game 4.
Rodney Hood added 10 points. They were traded February 8. I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and like you said, I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that. It's good for you to be around guys like this. They had that experience. Which was pretty obvious to anyone who kept up with the conference finals. Curry was second at plus-53 in the series.
"LeBron James broke his hand!"