Camaraderie at Golden State Warriors is fantastic, says Kevin Durant

15 Juin, 2017, 03:51 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

The Golden State juggernaut rolled over Cleveland 4 games to one in the best-of-7 championship series, which ended with a 129-120 Warriors home triumph Monday, June 12 (Tuesday in Manila) that brought NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant his first championship.

The Warriors won the National Basketball Association title last night, but the only thing the series accomplished was elevating LeBron James to an even higher level.

Monday night's Game 5, during which the Warriors clinched their second championship in three seasons, was the most-watched Game 5 since 1998, with more than 25 million viewers. The opportunity to lead true dynasties don't come along frequently for players; the chance of another opportunity being more enticing than the one the Warriors present may not really exist.

The big question this offseason is what, if anything, will contenders like Cleveland, San Antonio and Boston do to counter the champion Warriors. "Adding (George) to the mix might be the closest thing we could see to another team challenging (Golden State) next year", Sherman said, before adding that the Warriors would still be the favourites. But with a core of National Basketball Association stars under 30, odds are they'll be back. "The game gets worse as time goes on". They have the second pick in next week's draft, and a roster full of young players. The guys in the 50s would've destroyed everybody. James, the highest-profile player in the league, complained as well and didn't get the same consideration. I expected him to come back the next day or so with his answer, but he came back right away, and nothing had changed.

The Warriors tallied 35 bench points in game five, while Cleveland managed just seven points outside their starting five.

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According to ESPN, Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman set the line at Golden State -6.5 and a series price of Chicago +300 and Golden State -360.

The Golden State Warriors wasn't the only victor Tuesday (Manila time). That's a pretty good list to be on. And they could thank Kevin Durant for that.

Kevin Durant was also named the MVP, scoring more than 30 points in all five games. He is now 3-5 in his eight NBA Finals appearances.

The Warriors may be champions, but LeBron is still the King. But even James knows he has plenty to think about if he wants to compete with this Warriors team moving forward. When asked about his future in the league, he said: "For me personally - I don't know". After the game at his post-game press conference, Lebron said about the Warriors, "they're gonna be around for a while, they don't show any signs of slowing down".


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