17 June, 2017
The Golden State Warriors are National Basketball Association champions once again, and with the title comes another victory parade. This was the third NBA Finals in a row pitting LeBron's Cleveland Cavaliers versus Steph Curry's Warriors.
"I remember the first day of camp and I walk into camp, and I didn't know what to expect, I didn't know what these guys were like on the court", Durant told reporters after the game. "And Draymond [Green] was like, 'Keep playing to the end.' Andre [Iguodala] is like, 'Keep playing".
After back-to-back blowouts, the Warriors were 4-point road favorites in Game 3 in Cleveland.
Durant, an eight-time All-Star who only needed a ring to cement his superstar status, scored 39 points in a championship-clinching 129-120 victory and averaged 35.2 points and 8.4 rebounds in these Finals.
"I just tried to stay in the moment the whole series, and I think that worked for me", Durant said. "But tonight was a little different, just based on the things I've had to go through during this time". He had an incredible series, just dominated. "And we did it together".
Veteran power forward David West told The Undefeated's Mark Spears he would "probably" decline any invitation to the residence occupied by a man who said Mexican immigrants brought "drugs" and "crime" to the United States and continues to try to push through a travel ban targeting Muslims - an executive order that every court that has had a chance to view, including a federal court in the Warriors' home town of San Francisco, has assessed as unconstitutional.
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"It was unbelievable. The energy in this building from the time we stepped foot on the floor was on 12 out of 10".
2017 marked James' seventh-consecutive finals appearance.
A report surfaced shortly after Game 5 claiming that the Warriors would unanimously refuse any invitation to the White House, but that report was clearly debunked by the organization's statement.
The price and lines on the Warriors have become so high that professional bettors very rarely did anything but bet against Golden State. "He's had an wonderful career, but he just took it to the next level", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. "Prepared for the worst and expecting all the best", said Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick. "We're going to keep you safe". "We did this in 2015, and were anticipating just the same amount of traffic. We had that huge run in the second quarter, which changed everything". "You've got to call Kevin Durant a champ now". Overcame a 63-point performance from Michael Jordan in a first-round sweep of Chicago, but had to settle for beating Houston in the NBA Finals after the Rockets knocked off the hated Lakers in the West finals.
If the Cavaliers want to prove their resilience, they'll have to win three more stress-induced games like the last one, starting Monday. Before Game 4, there were grumbles as the Warriors breezed through Games 1 and 2 at home and stole Game 3 on the road to take a 3-0 lead.
The Westgate SuperBook opened the Warriors as a -200, odds-on favorite to win next year's title, making them the largest preseason favorites the book has ever had in any major USA team sport, according to assistant manager Jeff Sherman. "I'm just so happy to be a part of it".