GOLDEN STATE – 129 CLEVELAND – 120
Kevin becomes a King!
Next year ﬁnally came for the Warriors. They were close to becoming champions last year, but they could not close the deal. They were leading in the series by 3-1, and the championship was in their grasp, but King James would not let them close the deal. So, this is a team that has been punishing itself all year.
Even though they were suffering, they managed to lure Kevin Durant away from Oklahoma. He wanted to be on a championship team, and he realized that could not happen, unless he made a move. In addition to seeking a championship, he also wanted to play for team with a more collegial atmosphere. In one move, he found both.
Let there be no doubt, he was the difference. He was outscored by James 41-39, but he had solid support from Curry, who scored 34. The usually reliable Kevin Love had a bad night and scored only 6 points, well below his average.
This was a game that exceeded the expectations of most of the fans. It was well played, and hard-fought. King James tried to win it for his team, and he nearly did. While he was a ferocious competitor, he was also a gracious loser, and he gave warm congratulations to the new champions.
This was the game that sports fans all over the world wanted to see. There are rumors that two court side tickets sold for $150,000.00 each. That may be an exaggeration, but not by much. Now comes another parade in Oakland, much to the delight of their dedicated fans and little Miss Riley Curry.
You may be absolutely certain that King James is already at work looking for the key player that he needs to add to the Cavaliers for next season. I do not know who that will be, but I am sure that it will be someone, who averages more than 20 points per game. It will not be easy for him to make that kind of deal, but he will ﬁnd a way, because he is the king.
This was a very hard-fought game, but I was pleased to note that for the most part, there was good sportsmanship by both teams. There were a few moments, when things got testy, but not enough for any real concern.
In one of my previous columns, I predicted that the Warriors would win the championship in ﬁ ve games, and that is what they did. I knew that they had a much better team, but I also knew that King James would do everything in his power to avoid being swept. He put his heart and soul on the line in order to win Game 4. However, it is simply not possible to make that kind of effort in consecutive games.
So, all in all, this was a game that lived up to its expectations. Kevin Durant has now joined basketball royalty. My congratulations to him. He will have a year to savor this victory, then he and his teammates will have to meet King James again. Who will win? We will have to wait and see.
I have heard a number of rumors that James will be playing in Los Angeles next season. I have listened to them, but I do not think that is possible. I suspect that James will retire, after playing two more seasons. Whether that is true or not, I believe that he will always try to be on a team that has a realistic chance of winning a championship.
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