Durant vindicates decision to join Warriors with Finals win

Owen Stevens
June 14, 2017

The ad ends with Durant gritting his teeth in a Warriors jersey with two words across the screen: "Debate this".

Golden State became the first team to score at least 100 points in every game of the playoffs, and Curry was clearly delighted when he joined NBA TV for his postgame chat with a cigar. "I'm so happy Kevin has broken through and there's more to come from him".

The parade will take place Thursday morning in downtown Oakland, following the same route as the team's parade to celebrate the 2015 National Basketball Association title. They always change. The Warriors won't be the same when Commissioner Adam Silver hands them their rings next October (when the league's longer season created to give more rest over the 82-game span) begins.

None of that was an issue for the Warriors as Durant has been called an unselfish player whose only desire was to do whatever is in the best interests of his team. The group was close to unstoppable in the regular season and postseason.

Twenty-eight other teams would kill to have accomplished what the Cavs have by winning one title and appearing in three straight NBA Finals.

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"I had my lows in the season where I was beating myself up, where I was struggling", Durant admitted.

Golden State beat Cleveland in the 2015 Finals only to lose to them past year, squandering a 3-1 series lead.

Kyrie Irving had 26 points and J.R. Smith 25 for the Cavaliers. "And it was just incredible to just see that all year and, right now, just to be here with these guys is fantastic". Good enough for third on the team.

On the stage and in the locker room, there was spraying champagne, hugs, and tears from the Golden State Warriors. Then it was Golden State's turn again, taking the title in five games. "He's had an unbelievable career, but he just took it to the next level", said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. "So there's going to be a lot of teams trying to figure out ways to put personnel together to try and match that". There were times I was just stunned, looking at the talent on the floor, on both teams. Back in February, guard Shaun Livingston was asked about visiting the White House, but he told a local radio station, "I definitely wouldn't go".

The Cavaliers will be searching for answers in the off-season after being dethroned, the Warriors avenging last year's loss when they squandered a 3-1 finals lead.

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