EVEN as LeBron James faces the possibility of his Cleveland Cavaliers getting swept in the NBA Finals by a Golden State Warriors now being led by offseason recruit Kevin Durant, the "King" said he feels no ill will against club executives forming super teams.
The Cavaliers, on their home court for the first time in the series, led 113-107 with three minutes to go after swingman JR Smith knocked down a pivotal triple, but they proved to be the home team's last points of the night.
The Warriors had trailed the defending champions for much of the second half, but used a late surge to secure a 15th-straight win, the longest post-season streak for any team in the four American major professional sports (National Football League, National Hockey League and Major League Baseball are the other three).
Seriously, while the Cavs have basically lost the NBA Finals, they are winning the social media meme war. James and Irving combined for 65 points in the first three quarters. Love scored 27 points in Game 2 as Irving had more shot attempts than points. Many basketball pundits at the time said the Spurs played near-perfect basketball.
LeBron and Irving were laboring heading into the fourth, and even with their individual brilliance, the margin of error against this Warriors team is so thin, that over 48 minutes, it seems impossible to keep up with them. Stephen Curry is almost averaging a triple-double with 28.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game.
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"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", said Durant who is playing his first season with Golden State.
Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, "It's so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results".
LeBron James scored 39 points for the Cavs, who did at least improve on the opening two games, but will be left to rue to a damaging last three minutes. "It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career". But it was just further proof that they need to be just about flawless in order to defeat the Warriors, and no team can do that four times over a seven-game span. Irving didn't score over the final 5:29 and James over the last 4:28. They muscled into the paint for tough shots.
"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green said.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers, scoring a game-high 39 points. "You put together a game like we had, where we had an opportunity, it's definitely draining". We don't want to take the long threes and things like that.
The good news for Green is it looks like the Warriors will continue to reap the rewards of his recruiting work as well. "We missed some shots, and they made some".