Some folks had the brooms out, some were giving LeBron James the benefit of the doubt, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers the 4-1 “gentlemen’s sweep” to finish the series. In the end, the Golden State Warriors were too much for the King and his company during these NBA Finals.
We’re not sure if King James was just exhausted or mentally checked out but it showed in the second half of the game in terms of the effort they put in. There was no fight when the Warriors went up by double digits.
In the first half, both sides were battling, even if Golden State kept the short lead.
But LBJ wasn’t being as aggressive. He wasn’t beasting like we’ve seen in the playoffs. He needed an all-time epic performance for the Cavs to even have a chance.
It didn’t happen.
James finished the game with 23 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds with Kevin Love being the second leading scorer tallying 13 points and hauling down 9 rebounds.
On the other side of the ball, Steph Curry finished with 37 points, Kevin Durant had a triple double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) and Andre Iguodala provided 11 points off the bench.
By the fourth quarter, it was garbage time as Dub Nation led by more than 20 points and LeBron checked out of the game early. He shook everyone’s hand before he left for the bench, but did not stick around for the final buzzer.
It was heartbreaking for The Land fans in the building, but the Warriors won the Larry O’Brien trophy at Quicken Loans arena.
You know Curry was sick when KD won the NBA Finals MVP too. It could have gone either way, but Durant certainly got the vote for the back-to-back award.
Golden State now has their third championship in four seasons.
The biggest questions this offseason concerning either team will be where LeBron ends up. It’ll be non-stop speculation until he signs on the dotted line.
Warriors forward David West says there was a lot going on behind the scenes that people will be shocked about when it comes out.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 9, 2018
UPDATE: Brian Windhorst now reports that LBJ suffered a hand injury after Game 1 in Oakland when he punched a blackboard in frustration. He was in a cast and had several MRI’s throughout the series, according to ESPN.