Adversity toughened Golden State Warriors in quest to win another National Basketball Association title

Adversity toughened Golden State Warriors in quest to win another National Basketball Association title

Adversity toughened Golden State Warriors in quest to win another National Basketball Association title

Ironically, it is West who's highly-regarded as the architect of this Golden State Warriors juggernaut - the team responsible for two or maybe three of the Cavs forward's finals losses, depending on what happens in the 2018 NBA Finals. He leaned back and slumped in his seat, the towel still covering his head, and sat that way for several minutes.

ClevelandLeBron James walked into his final interview of the NBA Finals with one last surprise: A dark brace on his right hand, covering an injury he's hidden for a week.

"I had emotions of you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1, and I let the emotions get the best of me", James said.

In the 2018 Playoffs, the game's greatest player averaged 34.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 22 contests - topping the 40-point plateau eight times, including his 51-point outburst against the Warriors, and a pair of buzzer-beaters over in and Toronto.

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So when the injury bug hit in the regular season - Curry missed 31 games, Durant missed 14, Green missed 12 and Thompson missed nine, Kerr's prophecy came true. 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. Durant has already challenged some of the Warriors' young and promising players to raise their games.

For the third time in four years, the Warriors are champions of the National Basketball Association world.

Curry said after the win that the team used its experience in Game 4 against the Cavaliers a year ago - also down 3-0 to the Warriors, they won by 19 to force one more game - to prepare, knowing they'd face a focused opponent.

If James opts out of the final year of his contract, the 33-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent July 1. ". [I] pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand". "Sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that". James finished the postseason having now led his team in points, rebounds and assists on 66 occasions.

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Mindful of last year's missed chance at a ideal playoff run, the Warriors expect their toughest NBA Finals challenge from Cleveland on Friday, June 8 (Saturday, June 9) as they chase a series sweep. But if there's one eyebrow-raising quirk from constructing one of the best teams of all-time, is that its most important player-its most valuable player-can go three championships running without being remembered as the best player in the series. The one thing that we do know for sure is that James deserves nothing but respect this time around. In the closeout game, Curry was perhaps gunning for that MVP trophy, finishing with 37 points, and his 7-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc went a long way in breaking the spirit of the Cavaliers defense.

Though this year, the journey to another Finals matchup proved particularly treacherous for both teams. Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series. That's the backdrop for Game 4 of the Finals, which tips off tonight at Quicken Loans Arena.

James' future isn't the only one in question. "They move at such a pace, and they have five guys on the floor that can dribble, pass and shoot".

"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher. I had to fight through it.

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