Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Fans wonder whether LeBron's injured hand cost the Cavs a championship

Fans wonder whether LeBron's injured hand cost the Cavs a championship

The Warriors made a comeback. According to James, he'd been playing the last three games with a broken hand.

Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, the sixth player to accomplish the back-to-back feat.

May 25, 2017 - Eastern Conference Finals - The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics with a series win, 4-1.

"I have no idea at this point", James said after the NBA Finals when asked if he's played his last game for the Cavaliers after getting swept by the Golden Warriors.

It's still sinking in for Kerr just how much success the Warriors have had during this four-year stretch since he became coach ahead of the 2014-15 season. "One of the great things about having the talent around him is that he gets to win championships".

The Warriors dominated the series. Might Chris Paul take less money and head to Los Angeles? The Boston Celtics had stockpiled assets as they've continued to do now, they used these assets to obtain Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. "And nobody has left here and become as big as LeBron".

Many - perhaps most - will fail to notice it, but the axiom is true: a rising tide raises all ships. It wasn't enough. He scored 29 points in Game 2 and recorded a triple-double in Game 3.

This much is clear: Golden State has no designs on giving up its throne. Where Curry and Klay stuttered, KD got assistance from less-heralded contributors like JaVale McGee, Jordan Bell, and Shaun Livingston. The Warriors found themselves trailing by just six at halftime.

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Curry led the scoring in Game 4 with 37 points, bouncing back from a Game 3 in which he missed nine out of 10 shots from three-point range and 13 of 16 overall. It continued to be the Durant plus the role-players. In two finals with the powerful forward, the Warriors are 8-1 with two titles. "To carry this team the way he did all season and leading by example, it's just a testament to his character and who he is as a person and a player".

Plus, Golden State will get better.

But it is for moments like these that it helps to have Durant on your side. "I don't think anybody's even anxious about that stuff". After the game, LeBron called Durant's three an "assassin play".

Golden State are now one more win away from their second-consecutive title and third in four years. And they have just met in the Finals for the fourth straight year, the first time that has happened in any of the four major North American leagues.

Not wanting to give the Cavs or their fans any hope despite the fact that no team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs, the Warriors built a nine-point halftime lead when Curry ignored a closeout by James and dropped a 3-pointer.

This outcome seemed inevitable both when they walked on the court and even before the 2017-18 season began.

After what may have been his final game with the Cavaliers, James revealed he hurt himself in a fit of frustration when punching a whiteboard following a game one overtime loss.

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