Cavs Fans Think This Non-Call On Kevin Durant Changed The Game

Lynette Rowe
June 15, 2017

"I have no reason to put my head down".

"I left everything on the floor every game", James said after averaging a triple-double in his eighth Finals.

The Golden State Warriors finally found redemption in the form of an NBA Finals trophy last night, after their 73-win season previous year was ruined by a 3-1 Finals comeback by the Lebron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland has now lost two of the three showdowns in this Finals trilogy.

The Warriors, who beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them previous year after squandering a 3-1 series lead, went a record-setting 16-1 in the playoffs, their only loss coming in Game Four of the best-of-seven championship.

The Cavs managed to stave off elimination once in this series with a 137-116 win in Game 4 at home but couldn't pull off another improbable comeback this year. "They did a great job, their front office and their players, by doing that recruiting, the things that they did in the summertime, and obviously it paid dividends".

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James, who in 2012 with Miami beat the Thunder in Durant's only other Finals, wound up with 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists. Durant appeared to commit his third foul on the play, but the officials let it go and the game quickly turned. That stung ever since, and even Durant understood, because he gave up the same lead to the Warriors a round earlier with Oklahoma City. Cleveland's Big Three was not in full force with Kevin Love held to six points. "It's tough to get back and get matched, especially with their speed". Then it was Golden State's time again, with Durant as the prized addition.

His five games in a row with 30 points is the first in a finals since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

But it turns out Durant did have something to say about the Grammy-winning superstar, who is an unabashed fan of LeBron James and during Game 1 of the NBA Finals yelled "brick" when Durant was at the free throw line.

James said he had no reason to feel sorry for himself.

In the end, the Cavaliers simply did not have enough top-class talent to topple the Warriors, even with four-time league MVP James doing all he could to keep his team in it.

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