The NBA Finals are all over, as the Golden State Warriors got past LeBron James and the Cavaliers to claim their first NBA title in over 40 years.
After the NBA Finals evened back up at 2-2, many believed that LeBron James would lock in and close out the Golden State Warriors. The exact opposite happened though, as the Dubs played spoilers to history while making a little of their own along the way.
In what was one of the most convincing NBA Finals wins ever, the Warriors eviscerated the Cavaliers on their home floor in Game 6 to claim their first NBA Finals victory in over 40 years. Cleveland’s wait has been longer, but it’s a wait that will continue. Rather than having history on their side, the Cavaliers were torched by the Splash Brothers and their supporting cast of Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green.
It was pretty much a one horse race right out of the gate.
Despite the Warriors going on a huge run early, LeBron James refused to let the game slip away from him.
Things got a little testy early on as well, with the Warriors taking a huge lead and the Cavaliers taking exception to it. However, sometimes players just play hard and that resulted in some questionable flops on the part of Warriors players in Game 6.
The physicality extended to basketball plays as well, with Timofey Mozgov throwing down a dirty block that kept his conscious clean.
No matter how good the Cavaliers played though, one thing you can never forget is how amazing Steph Curry is and how he inspires his teammates to take their own game to the next level.
Then again, ignoring your head coach’s halftime pep talk is what leads to your opponent going on a 16-4 run to start the second half.
The Cavaliers proceeded to implode after that clearly rousing halftime pep talk, and the end result was a disastrously embarrassing NBA Finals loss by Cleveland. There was one final LeBron James moment in the fourth quarter, but the fact that is came with over ten minutes left in the game just makes it sad in hindsight.
The Warriors are NBA Champions, and that’s the way it should be. Injuries aside, the NBA Finals were dominated by the Warriors when it mattered, and the Cavaliers fell apart at the seams. They played terrible defense, didn’t hit shots and put too much on LeBron James.
This isn’t about LeBron James though, even though that’s what the hot take cannon will be firing at the world for the next 48 hours. Rather than this being about how LeBron James was denied an NBA title in his first year with his new team — kind of like what happened in 2011 — this is about Steph Curry and the birth of a potential dynasty.
NBA franchises like to win NBA titles in clusters, and that’s been true back to the 80s. Golden State has just one title, but they convincingly destroyed the rest of the league. They’re dangerous, have a superstar point guard, a young head coach and a franchise that everyone now wants to play for.
LeBron James will have to hear all summer how he will have to try and win it next year — but so too will Golden State. The only difference is they have the advantage of already won it before.
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