Just when you were ready to declare this Finals a series again, the Golden State Warriors once again demonstrated the will to make it all their own.
"He's special because he makes his teammates better and yet still plays at a high level himself", says Johnson. But there was something else too, something that might have had more to do with the Warriors losing the finals than an aching knee: mentally, Curry wasn't there. Something was eating at Steph. At that time, it felt like a title was far away for James. (Yes, he was good in 2015 when Andre Iguodala won.) But he likely doesn't care as long as the Warriors finish the job they failed to finish a year ago. If you're looking for a differentiation between the two teams, don't look at James' fatigue or Kevin Durant - look at that stat, and that Korver shot with 53 seconds to play. "He wants to please people, that's an incredibly redeeming quality".
Durant is averaging 34 points, 10 rebounds and six assists through three games of the 2017 NBA Finals versus the Cavaliers.
Garbage time has had some effect on these numbers, and it's fair to point out that Curry and Durant have spent a lot of time on the bench together in the playoffs. James can't play for 48 minutes.
Not the one as National Basketball Association champions. Durant then came down and made his go-ahead 3. Golden State celebrated a 118-113 victory and is now one win from sweeping the series, and the playoffs. His presence allows Golden State to survive Klay Thompson's shooting slump in Game 1 and Draymond Green's foul troubles. Point guard Stephen Curry won the league's Most Valuable Player award - partly because of the historical achievement, but partly because he made an National Basketball Association record 402 three point shots during the season. After the teams won a finals apiece over the last two years, the Warriors are primed to win the trilogy. The Cavs played an nearly flawless game and they still came up short, and that's hard for Cavs fans to admit, but it's true. In the Finals, they won Game 1 by 22, Game 2 by 19 and Game 3 by five after coming from behind.
Jordan's first title team in 1991 is one of three squads that went 15-2.
That culture, as anyone who has been around the Warriors will tell you, is Curry's.
What's passed has passed, and it's silly to remain bitter about opportunities the Wizards missed to strengthen what has proven to be a very solid team.
But they also look like they have the stuff to win several more if they can avoid the greed/ego/credit deprivation/injury/plain old crazy-for-the-sake-of-being-crazy landmines along the way. Golden State is an incredible plus-267 in Curry's 522 postseason minutes. The enthusiasm has returned. "It's not over", Durant said after the game. "It will be a massive upset, I think, if they're not there each and every year". The drain of 2016 seems gone.
No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State past year.
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