Kevin Durant pulls up from 30, finishes off Cavs with the ultimate game winner 

Kevin Durant has proved everyone that he has ice in his veins after hitting a clutch pull-up 3 over LeBron James to give the Golden State Warriors a one-point lead late in the 4th quarter, pushing the series to a dramatic 3-0 swing.

Durant showed nothing, but poise with his late-game dagger, especially during the most important possession of the game. He hit the biggest shot of the NBA Finals, and his entire career solidifying himself as one of the greatest in the world.

Durant started the NBA Finals letting LeBron know that he’s coming, and now he’s ending it in the same fashion.

Scoring 7 of the team’s final 11 points in the final 3 minutes, KD rallied the Warriors to victory. After carrying GSW to three straight wins, it is safe to say that Durant is the legitimate MVP of the NBA Finals.

Not only Game 3 was heartbreaking for the Cavs, but it is also more demoralizing seeing the way their opponent win. Kevin Durant, once again, single handily dominated Cleveland.

ESPN’s NBA Analyst Stephen A. Smith reacts to the Warriors’ Game 3 win over the Cavaliers, addressing KD’s dominance is something that simply cannot be ignored.

“Take a look at the highlights, he starts off the series basically letting LeBron know that he’s coming, said Stephen A. Smith. “Kevin Durant has been saying I’m here since opening of these Finals.”

KD’s clutch game last night at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, certainly has everyone’s attention. His mission this year to win the championship is scary not only for Cavs, but also the NBA.

Who is going to stop him and this Warriors juggernaut in the next 4-5 years?

Photo source from Cam Stein, via Flickr.

Cleveland’s championship conquest: more than just a chip for the Cavs 

The Cavaliers’ Game 7 win at Oracle Arena Sunday night proved to be more than just a game, a championship, and even history — Cleveland’s first NBA title meant everything.

Inspired to win Cleveland’s first major pro sports title since 1965, LeBron James had put up one of the greatest games of his entire professional career.

One could say this could be the performance of his life time: Becoming the first player in any playoff series to led his team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals, just the 3rd player in NBA Finals history to have a triple-double performance in Game 7, and being named unanimous NBA Finals MVP. His legendary performance was a spectacle itself, but for Cavaliers to become the first team in NBA history to comeback from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit – showed that this was something special, and meant more than just a game.

Game 7’s unbelievable conclusion of the 2016 NBA Finals was more scripted than any Hollywood ending ever imagined in sports, hearing the reaction of LeBron and his team helping Cleveland end their 52-year championship drought was more than just historic. The Kings’ emotional post-game interview with ESPN’s Doris Burke marked one of the greatest moments in not only the NBA, but in the history of sports.

“Cleveland, this one’s for you!” LeBron screamed into the microphone.

The dramatic ending of the NBA Finals reminisced a real-life movie – it was completely surreal to witness.

Whether you’re a Cavaliers fan or not, one has to be happy for the city of Cleveland, and respect an incredible team comradery the team has showed these 2016 NBA Finals. Cleveland validated one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history silencing the doubters since there 3-1 deficit.

This win will also validate LeBron, placing him in the category of top five players of all-time, and now, most of us can agree this will no longer be a debate. LeBron’s third title meant more than just another championship for himself; it was a victory for the Cavs, for the city of Cleveland, and the entire state of Ohio.

Cleveland’s sensational comeback marked a revelation, and a historic legacy that LeBron never will forget.

Good for LeBron.

Good for the Cavs.

Good for Cleveland.

 

Photo by Erik Drost (flickr.com) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

2016 NBA Finals: Reasonable rematch or disturbing downfall? 

While LeBron James is blessed to make his 6th straight NBA Finals appearance, the 4-time MVP   is still reluctant to pay a king’s ransom for it – The Warriors early momentum in the NBA Finals rematch creates controversy and chaos in Cleveland. With all eyes on the King and his team to respond to the early 1-0 series Warriors’ lead, many are wondering if this an end of an era, or if it is the mark of a new beginning.

Will the headlines of Game 3 seek a Cavalier Comeback or Curse in Cleveland?

For many to believe that this is the time for Cavaliers to win a championship, the will be several questions in Cleveland if they fail to capture that chance at the title once again. Game 2 of the Finals entailed a great amount of pressure for the Cavs – The Warriors “Splash Brothers” were completely off Game 1, and still won convincingly.

Curry and Thompson not being the X factor for the first half of the series means bad news for the Cavaliers, the Warriors will be even more of an arsenal to the Cavaliers, as the Warriors’ bench had solely won the opening game of the Finals.

Draymond Green’s stellar 28-point performance last night at Oracle Arena shows how deep of a threat this Warrior team is. Tyron Lue’s game plan for the Warriors All-Star was ineffective to say the least; Golden State’s big man lighted up the Cavaliers, hitting five 3-pointers to give his team the spark they needed.

The Warriors incredible ability to extend the lead from 12 to 30 points in such a short amount of time is scary for teams, especially for the Cavs, Warriors put the game out of hand in just a blink of an eye, forcing Cleveland to throw the towel in the 3rd quarter.

After just watching the first half, and seeing all of the early struggles from the Warriors reflected the or portrait of the series; Cleveland has to play absolutely perfect just to be a close game – the Warriors early 7-0 turnover differential in the 1st quarter, did not translate to any demanding lead for Cleveland. The Cavaliers inability to take advantage of the early turnovers from then Warrior’s mistakes was a huge impact on there loss,
because once Golden State has that momentum backed by its hostile environment, the team is almost impossible to stop.

Green jumpstarted the Warriors quickly after the early struggles in the game, electrifying the team to a 20-2 run in the 2nd quarter, breaking the game right open. Cavaliers were not able to respond to Golden State’s weapons; the damage done to the Cavaliers became even more alarming as the MVP was not a factor again in Warriors’ blow out win over Cleveland, sitting on the bench watching his role players easily take care of there opponent.

One thing is for sure the Cavaliers need to change next game in Cleveland, their “Big 3” needs to show up.

Irving, Love, and James were only combined for 34 points the entire game, Draymond Green almost had those many points just himself. The way that the Cavaliers had lost was not only evident, but shocking; the dumbstruck body language presented by Cleveland did not go unnoticed, and was questioned specifically after the game.

During the post game conference, Henry, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reporter, had asked LeBron on wether he was frustrated or disappointed in his teams’s performance. The King had surprisingly had denied any of those emotions.

“Not disappointed in our guys or frustrated, we just got to do a better job,” said James. “We got to do better in all facets of the game, both offensively and defensively, and physically and mentally.”

Shortly after the post game conference, NBA Analysts Stephen A. Smith, Chauncey Billups, Michael Wilbon, and ESPN’s Stan Verrett commented on the Cavaliers surprisingly disengaged performance and LeBron’s post game comments.

First Take host, and well-known NBA Analyst, Stephen A. commented on the disappointment in LeBron’s post game analysis and how the superstar was nether discontent, or frustrated with both losses. Smith had mentioned this had been one of the worst NBA Finals performances he had ever seen.

The frustration presented by Smith reflected the mutual feeling of LeBron supporters and fans of the game in general: LeBron should be anything but content in a looming chance is losing another NBA Finals.

Obviously we know the greatness of LeBron and his legacy to continue is greatness, but one has to wonder if this is an end of an era – or at least in Cleveland.

Despite their collective effort in there back to back NBA Finals run, the Cavaliers were dis-oriented in Games 1 and 2 of the championship. The basketball community is wondering I the King and his well-respected Cavaliers can flip the switch.

Can the Cavaliers turn this around?

Anticipating another hostile environment, now in Cleveland, will entail and define what we will learn about these two teams in this series. If Cleveland can defend home advantage, in both games, will show a resilient and new perspective for the Cavaliers; for now, they remain somewhat questionable at the time being.

The good thing for LeBron and company, the entire state of Ohio will be behind there back in Games 3 and 4 of the Finals. The future Hall of Fame player is expected to rise to the occasion, and save his team from being behind 3 straight games in the series.

Photo By Erik Dorst [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons