Warriors set to make their claim as NBA's best ever

Jonathan Hernandez
June 17, 2017

LeBron James was lost for words Wednesday after his Cleveland Cavaliers gave up a 3-0 lead in the 2017 NBA Finals to the red-hot Golden State Warriors.

Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors will be able to make that boast if they win Friday to complete the most impressive postseason run in major sports history.

Durant's line: 31 points (10-of-18, 4-of-7, 7-of-8), eight rebounds and four assists. Golden State's nine 3-pointers in the first quarter broke the previous Finals mark held by five teams, most recently the Warriors in 2015. It was his 3-pointer with 45 seconds left - a "bomb in transition", said James, who waved a hand helplessly in defense - that proved to be the dagger, giving Golden State the 114-113 lead and likely sealing his MVP honors in these Finals. Point guard Kyrie Irving added 39 points, though he missed all seven of his three-point shots. After the teams won a finals apiece over the last two years, the Warriors are primed to win the trilogy. They won a championship, and past year it was the greatest regular-season team we had played, probably one of the best postseason teams that everybody's ever seen as well, but we were just able to overcome that. Every game he has been assigned with guarding the best guard on the court and his efforts are finally starting to get recognized in the Finals.

With their win, the Warriors improved to 15-0 in the playoffs and are on the verge of a fifth championship and second in three years. And tomorrow's another important opportunity for us and for myself, obviously to continue the series, you know. "I wasn't sure after a while; they just were going nuts".

But at a time when the Warriors needed someone to carry them home, Durant did. Has that been a goal for this Golden State team, who won 73 games last season but didn't win a championship? Now, they have to sweep the remainder of the series to retain the title. We've already seen the best the Cavs can give.

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player laid on the floor several seconds before being helped up and made a driving layup shortly after. "We want to finish it here and forget this game quickly and lock in and get ready for a battle on Friday". But in the short time James rested, Golden State outscored Cleveland by 12 points.

"I don't think there was any concern or thoughts about history", Kerr said.

Equally indisputable is that the Cavs are down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 4 tonight at 9 at The Q.

With that, James walked off the dais, ending a news conference in which he addressed the dawn of Golden State's dynasty, his future and criticism for a play late in Wednesday's loss.

"Even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays", James said.

"We don't want to go back to the Bay and win it. It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career", said James.

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