Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Social media sympathy & skepticism for LeBron James after NBA Finals defeat

Social media sympathy & skepticism for LeBron James after NBA Finals defeat

The Golden State Warriors are the 2017-2018 National Basketball Assn. champions, blowing out the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight 108-85 at Quicken Loans Arena in what may be LeBron James's last game for the OH team.

Durant, the engine behind the Warriors' offensive juggernaut, averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game as his team needed four games to dispose of the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

"You can never count out a champion, no matter what's going on in the course of their season", Cleveland star LeBron James said, lauding the Warriors. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago.

Winning the title is the most important thing to the Warriors but Curry will surely feel a small sense of disappointment as he was definitely deserving of being crowned the best player in the Finals on this occasion.

"I hope he stays", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

Steve Kerr got asked a light-hearted question before Game 4 of the NBA Finals - and the Golden State coach loved it. "But it was hard".

"I just want to congratulate Cleveland on an awesome season", Kerr praised. After outscoring opponents in that period by 199 during the regular season and 141 to that point in the playoffs, they beat the Cavs 25-13 Friday night, ending it up 86-65. "So we'll have plenty of time over the summer to talk about what next year's going to look like and what it's going to take for us to get back to this stage next year".

LeBron James says he "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand" after injuring himself in frustration after Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors have morphed into a shot-making, scoreboard-breaking behemoth stacked from top to bottom with Hall of Fame-level talent like Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Durant received seven of the 11 votes from the media panel tasked with making this decision, including Bleacher Report's Howard Beck. Philadelphia's Joel Embiid was already making overtures to James on Twitter. while Cleveland's final game was still in progress. The other: Who would win Finals MVP? "I don't remember anybody asking, "Who's going to win MVP in The Finals.' It was all about let's win championships together". You guys can write about MVP.

James scored 23 points in Game 4. He arrived at his postgame news conference with a large black brace on his right hand and explained the injury was "self-inflicted" following an overtime loss in Game 1, which included a reversed official's call and teammate J.R. Smith dribbling out the clock to end regulation.

It was the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007, when James was dismissed by a powerful San Antonio team in his first one. It was Cleveland's first major sports championship since 1964 - to go with all the other ways James financially revitalized this city after returning from the Miami Heat to rejoin the team that drafted him. "Unbelievable feeling to come in here on a mission and get the job done". The line is identical to the spread for Game 3, which Golden State covered in a 110-102 victory. "That's what it is", James said.

They've gone back-to-back, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 on Friday night to finish off a sweep of these NBA Finals in the fourth consecutive meeting between those clubs. I'm glad that we came out and played a great game tonight.

"You can't have mistakes".

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