Friday, 17 November, 2017

James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs

Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson from left guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant celebrate after Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland Calif. Monday James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs
Lucia Summers | 15 June, 2017, 03:19

Durant was unanimously named 2017 Finals MVP. "Our perspective, being blessed to play on this stage three years in a row, it's for these fans, for our organization, for these families". Will he bring in more role players as he did with 3-point ace Kyle Korver in order to build a better challenge for the Warriors in the finals? "He's put the time in and I'm just so happy for him to be able to realize his goal and be my teammate".

"You got to call Kevin Durant a champ now", sidekick Stephen Curry said.

As expected for Cleveland, LeBron James came in as the leading scorer with 41 points. In 2015, during their victory parade, Green had been enjoying the booze a bit too much as he mocked the Cavs for falling short in the Finals to the tune of his own remix of Nor Cal rapper E-40's "Choices" track.

"He'll probably be back in the gym the start of July getting ready for next season, so I've probably got to beat him to the gym", Durant said. "You just pick yourself back up and you keep pushing and you keep going".

The Warriors are math, yes, but at some point someone has to arrange and balance the equation.

"I left everything on the floor every game, all five games", he said.

The Golden State Warriors brought Kevin Durant to the Bay Area last summer for the express goal of winning an National Basketball Association title and erasing the memory of last year's collapse against Cleveland in the finals.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James center shoots against Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland Calif. Monday
James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs

Maybe unsurprisingly, Durant set new career playoff highs in efficiency during his first playoff run as a member of the Warriors, shooting 55.6 percent from the field, 44.2 percent from three and 89.3 percent from the charity stripe. Thompson and Smith confronted West and all three of those players got technical fouls.

But he offered a glimpse of what more he could offer by averaging more than 30 points per game during a 4-1 series win over the Cavaliers in the Finals. James turned to the officials, saying he had been fouled.

"I don't need to be out on the court", James said.

In order to stay competitive and have a chance to win a championship next year, the Cavaliers will have to make some big moves.

During the trophy ceremony, Kerr said, "I want to say a special thank you to Mike Brown and my whole coaching staff". "Now we're champs again".

But a stone-faced LeBron James refused to be drawn on his plans. "But we prevailed, we're champions and it's incredible doing it on our home floor".

His Herculean effort was never more evident than in the first half of Game 2, when LeBron went Super Saiyan and basically chose to drive the ball and get his points no matter who was guarding him.

Stanley Cup champion Penguins greet raving fans
Nothing changed this year as Matt Murray's girlfriend watched as her the Penguins took the win over the Predators . Diane Reichenbach, of North Huntington, has been following the Penguins since 1970.

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