LeBron reveals he played three games with broken hand

09 June, 2018, 21:45 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Warriors sweep away Cavs to win second straight NBA title

Curry was the sentimental favorite for Finals MVP, having seen Durant get it past year and Andre Iguodala in 2015.

The superstar forward, 33, finished as an National Basketball Association finals runner-up for the second year in a row and the sixth time in his career as the Cavs were swept by the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.

Aside from their series clinching losses to the Warriors, the Cavaliers have fared well in elimination games the past four seasons - going 7-2. "Just knowing the work you put in paid off means something".

The last time a team was swept in the finals was 2007, when the Spurs took out James' Cavaliers.

"To be the best player in the world and to give everything you've got in your 15th season, play all 82 games and carry this team the way he did is a testament to his character", Lue said.

It was the fourth year in a row the Warriors and Cavaliers met in the finals, Golden State winning in 2015 and the past two years. The Warriors lead this year's NBA Finals 3-0.

Golden State claimed the sixth crown in club history, matching the Chicago Bulls for third on the all-time list. And Golden State coach Steve Kerr says if you are looking for some disappointment from Curry, forget about it. "KD's been fantastic these last two years, especially in the Finals, and so deserving of back-to-back Finals MVPs".

First, when the Indiana Pacers forced a Game 7 in round one.

"For a lot of different reasons", he continued.

I guess the best analogy is bones are like eggs.


James confirmed that he "said he pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand" after punching a white board following Game 1. He arrived at his postgame news conference with a large black brace on his right hand and explained the injury was "self-inflicted" following an overtime loss in Game 1, which included a reversed official's call and teammate J.R. Smith dribbling out the clock to end regulation. The final score doesn't matter. At the same time though, considering the interactions he's had with some of these players during what could potentially be his last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it's a bit amusing to think how quickly guys jumped to asking James to join their teams.

James left to a standing ovation after playing 41 of the game's first 44 minutes.

"Obviously, I don't have a boxing hand", James said. Tonight, he addressed why he returned in 2014. On this road trip, I've already missed four of his games.

Though Durant rightfully earned MVP, Stephan Curry led Friday night's game against the Cavs scoring 37 points.

"We just know how to win", Curry said. "So now we've just got to finish the job".

A James slam dunk had Cleveland ahead 39-38 halfway through the second quarter, but Golden State responded to lead 61-52 at half-time and eased to victory from there.

The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half.

"Looking at this playoff journey, we knew it wasn't going to be as easy as a year ago", Curry said. Golden State outscored Cleveland 25-13 in the third quarter, James managing only four points - all on free throws - in the period, and the Warriors rolled through the final minutes to another coronation.

When the game ended, James - who congratulated the Warriors on the court when he exited the game - walked straight down the tunnel to the locker room, only stopping to greet family members.

Durant was voted the best player in this series - and he wants to keep growing.

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