Stephen Curry is under contract for basically the rest of his prime. He revealed after the game that he had been playing through a significant hand injury suffered after Game 1. Free agents will line up for the chance to move west even if that means taking some pay cuts. There's so much talent on the court between the Warriors and Cavs, that-at least in Golden State's case-it can sometimes be hard for the individuals to distinguish themselves.
It's their league now, without question.
"You don't want to cheat the moment", Curry said, the victory champagne still drying on his clothes and skin, wanting no part of any talk about dynasties or anything like that.
James once again gave a heroic effort, but it was not enough to stem the overwhelming and balanced talent of Golden State, which came into the series looking for a sweep after Cleveland denied them the opportunity previous year for a flawless playoffs run.
LeBron looked to be at wit's end by the second half of Game 4, broken by another of the Warriors' third-quarter eruptions. If the Rockets had Chris Paul for Game 6 or Game 7 of that series, if Paul's hamstring hadn't betrayed him at the worst possible time, then the Warriors could very well be on vacation right now.More news: ZTE fined $1 billion
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For the first time since the team acquired Kevin Durant in the summer of 2016 - a direct response to their loss to the Cavaliers in that year's NBA Finals - the Warriors had to contemplate their own mortality. "I'm going to be his biggest fan in there with what he's able to do". "I'm just trying to prove to myself that I could just stay in it for the long haul, and hopefully I continue to have some success". These finals started May 31, just the second time since 1986 that Game 1 wasn't played in June. "That's my only concern". "But what (Cavaliers coach) Ty (Lue) did with his group and obviously what LeBron does night after night is just incredible". They can make plays.
"When you make mistakes they make you pay", he said, "because they're already more talented than you are but they also have the minds behind it, too, and they also have the championship DNA". That's the beauty of their team.
The Warriors inflicted the first 4-0 NBA Finals blanking since the Cavaliers were swept by San Antonio in 2007.
They couldn't wait any longer. But the weight of having to shoulder so much of the load throughout the Playoffs seemed to catch up with James in Friday's finale. Some will try to do so in 2019.
The 33-year-old plans to consider everything once the season ends, but he offered some clues about what he'll consider before making his next move, a decision that will dwarf any other National Basketball Association news in July. Golden State is so good, it didn't need its best player to be the best player on the floor to win another title. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, two of the Warriors' other stars, were also unproductive, combining for 20 points despite each playing 40 or more minutes. Add James and they're immediate title contenders. "We've got to go out there and give everything we've got". "It never gets boring". This is why he'll be back in the gym in a couple weeks, restarting the process.