Would Steph Curry, who averaged 37 minutes per game in the Finals against Cleveland, be as effective playing 5-10 additional high stress minutes a night while not having the ability to schematically hide on defense Golden State is a team that relies on the jump shot and exhausted legs would equal missed shots.
Finals MVP Durant - who swapped the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors in search of an elusive championship - has a player option for 2017-18, while star guard Curry is coming off contract.
Cleveland's LeBron James, last year's Finals MVP, had 41 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists in the loss. He had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the clincher.
"I couldn't sleep for two days", Durant said.
But the Warriors are brimming with confidence, knowing they didn't have Kevin Durant to help them past year. "You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he added. I hope we're a little more nervous.More news: Ed Gillespie wins GOP nomination, will face Northam
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"LeBron and Kyrie I've never seen nothing like them two before". And the different kind of ceremonies and traditions that have happened around championship-winning teams, we don't want that to taint what we've accomplished this year. "And I did that from day one, and I just tried to stay with that".
Golden State used a 28-4 second-quarter run to take charge - just after it appeared Durant should have been called for a third foul on a basket by James - and got to celebrate right at home in Oakland surrounded by a deafening home crowd waving yellow rally towels and holding up phones to shoot video and photos as the final minute of the clock ticked away. "The Three Kings" they were dubbed, and they played like National Basketball Association royalty.
"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", James said.
When James left his Miami Heat team to sign with the Cavilers again in 2014, he was joining another team that analysts felt would go on to subsequently win a championship, which they did in 2016.
Secondly, the sheer depth alone would dominate the Warriors as the series progressed.s Whereas my Super Bullets/Wizards team would have the ability to play deep into their rotation, fatigue would be a factor for the Warriors.
But during the 2017 Finals reports circulated saying James could head to California to join the Lakers or Clippers as a free agent in 2018.