Golden State Warriors' MVP Kevin Durant adds an important title: champion

Ross Houston
June 15, 2017

As LeBron told Kyrie Irving after the Finals ended on Monday, the Cavaliers will likely try to become champions again next season. Kerr's team set an National Basketball Association record for regular-season wins with 73 last season and returned to the Finals, but lost to Cleveland in seven games.

Kerr, who missed the first 43 games of the 2015-16 season shortly after having the procedure, has helped transform Golden State into one of the most dominant teams in recent memory.

KD was relentless on both sides of the court, playing a menacing defence and igniting the league's best offence.

James racked up 41 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in Cleveland's Game 5 loss.

More importantly, Durant's addition and play have opened up the Warriors' championship for the next several years if their core group remains intact. However, the Cavs would've nearly certainly had a better shot at stretching their lead and putting that much more pressure on the Warriors to avoid enduring two more days of potentially embarrassing 3-1 jokes and having to head back to Cleveland for Game 6.

I predicted that Golden State would beat Cleveland in five games.

We are going to mention just a part of Durant's speech at the MVP Reception, which refers to his mother.

History will always note that Durant's first championship came against James.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said there were tears in the locker room after the final defeat, including his own. I need to get off of my feet and let my joints and let my body kind of recover from being out on the floor for 14 straight years.

"I just wanted to lay it all out there". "You have to tip your hat to Cleveland", he added. Andre Iguodala led the Warriors bench with 20 points.

But if the Warriors want to keep this lineup intact, they won't be done spending money once they get Curry's situation settled because Durant can opt out of his deal this summer.

Kevin Durant's pull-up 3-pointer over the outstretched arms of LeBron James was the turning point in the series in that it put the Cavs on their heels, forcing them to face what wound up being an unconquerable three-game deficit.

Neither recorded a personal knockout, and each walked away with even greater respect for the other than they had 12 days earlier.

Normally the lead dog for Golden State, Curry happily played second-fiddle to Durant at times this series. "I'm just so happy for him to be able to realise his goal and be my teammate".

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