Cleveland Cavaliers fans should savor the journey

Lynette Rowe
June 15, 2017

After defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game five of the 2017 NBA Finals with a final score of 129-120, the Warriors scraped through with victory, defeating the Cavaliers 4-1 in the best of 7 series.

Not only is Durant now an NBA champion, but after churning out 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists on upwards of 55 percent shooting from the field against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Durant also adds NBA Finals MVP hardware to his lofty collection.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association finals, the Cavaliers had a lot of emotions to process.

James had a game-high 41 points and Irving hit tough shots all night but defensive breakdowns by Cleveland led to easy baskets late in the game for the Warriors, igniting a deafening crowd.

Durant was named the Most Valuable Player of the NBA Finals on Monday after claiming an elusive NBA championship over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rip Hamilton said he believes his 2004 Pistons could beat this Warriors team in a seven-game series. But even James knows he has plenty to think about if he wants to compete with this Warriors team moving forward.

For James, already a three-times champion, the loss puts him in rare company as only the fourth player to come up short in five NBA Finals.

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Durant might be asked to do the same-take less than he might command elsewhere to allow Golden State to keep Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston without salary cap issues.

"We're going down as one of the best teams ever and that's a special thing you can not take away from us", Warriors reserve Andre Iguodala said.

James had a spectacular series, averaging 33.6 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists but it wasn't enough.

It's never fun to see your team lose on the biggest stage in sports. However, those odds increased to minus-200 after Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry & Co. ran roughshod over the Cavs en route a historic 16-1 run in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

"I'm sure as a team we're gonna have a conversation (about a potential visit)", he said.

"It's just a great group of guys, great community, great arena, great fans", Durant said.

Curry, 29, said in January that Golden State is "a flawless place to play" and "there's really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere".

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