Adding Durant did make them more hard to beat, but it also added to the Warriors' burden - after a 67-win season and a historic 12-0 sweep into the Finals, the series that their season will be judged on is the one still to be played. While many have complained about this level of predictability, one writers has pointed out that the NBA Finals are finally exciting again (http://www.sfchronicle.com/warriors/article/NBA-playoffs-predictable-but.).
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may need a Herculean effort to upset the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals but the game's most prolific playoff scorer said he has beaten similar teams before.
Hunting him won't bear the same fruits it did past year because the Warriors can simply go to Kevin Durant for offense, but for the Cavs, it may be the easiest way to score in crunch time.
A terrific season for them: Atlantic Division champs, top seed in the East and an Eastern Conference Finals appearance.
The addition of Kevin Durant slowed down Curry.
Durant left Oklahoma City a year ago as a free agent and signed with Golden State. They're a ideal 12-0 and are firing on all cylinders.
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During the 2015 NBA Finals of the Cleveland Cavaliers vs.
In so many ways, Steve Kerr defines the Golden State Warriors. But it's abundantly clear that he was drained by the end of the series. In the 2016 Finals, James and the Cavs made history by becoming the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the best-of-seven series.
Their opponent, the defending champ Cleveland Cavaliers, are 12-1, having powered past Indiana, Toronto and Boston, with only the one inexplicable blip at home against the Celtics tarnishing their otherwise clean slate. Fair or not. If the Warriors want to be mentioned in the pantheon of all-time greats, it will take the 2017 title to be part of it.
Here are the eight biggest keys to the NBA Finals. A sweep of the Cavaliers would push the Warriors to an unprecedented 16-0 in the postseason.
As the Warriors prepare for the biggest games of their season, and a series that will play a large role in validating - or invalidating - everything that Kerr has built, they continue to wait and wonder if the man at the center of it will be able to be a full participant. That's why I'm here talking to you right now. Had the Warriors suffered some bumps and bruises along the way of the Western Conference Finals, maybe Kerr would have a stronger reason to hop back in the saddle. This delayed start to the series has given both teams a lot of time to rest and prepare, so fans aren't going to accept excuses from either side.
He's been dealing with complications from back surgery for almost two years. I totally agree - he's a huge piece to what defines their team.