LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team


With his Cleveland Cavaliers trailing the Warriors 3-0 in the NBA Finals, James was asked if it's good for the league, or even fair, to have such a dominant team. He shot 8-for-19 overall and 5-for-9 0n 3-pointers, and the Warriors were a plus-11 in his 39-plus minutes of floor time.

Only eight teams have swept their opponents 4-0 in the NBA Finals - the last was San Antonio Spurs against Cleveland in the 2006-07 season. Let's not forget Washington had a chance to draft the three Warriors who established the team's foundation and put the team in a position to recruit Durant.

Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant said. A big reason why is that James was becoming gassed - every NBA Finals possession requires you to go all-out and every man has a breaking point in that regard.

Then again, maybe we need zoom out a little further to get to heart of what went wrong.

Combine that with last year's 73-win season, and a second title in three years - which could have easily been three consecutive championships - and foundation of the case has been made.

But James needs his two other extraordinary players to ensure success: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Yes, it's Irving, one of the great isolation players in recent National Basketball Association history, but those were also low-percentage shots that didn't give the Cavs a chance to find anything with better percentages.

But Durant was not going to be denied.

But the most impressive aspect of his performance were those 13 rebounds.

Andre Iguodala had the defensive play of the game, blocking a James shot in Cleveland's last gasp.

Despite the output, the duo's magic seemed to run out in the fourth quarter. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were otherworldly in Game 3.

The Warriors, already on the longest playoff win streak in National Basketball Association history, set the North American sports playoff win streak mark with their 15th consecutive triumph, moving past the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins' 14-game run from the 1992 and 1993 Stanley Cup playoffs.

Fast forward almost a year, and Durant is on the precipice of his first career championship and first of what could be three, four or even five titles with Golden State.

Klay Thompson letting the ball touch his fingertips for barely a nano-second before flicking it at some ridiculous angle from a preposterous distance for another 3-point shot that slices like a razor's edge, barely letting the victim feel the pain.

James was knocked flat in the first quarter, when he accidentally got blasted in the chin by teammate Tristan Thompson's shoulder. James can't play for 48 minutes. James shook it off, got up and slowly walked to the bench, and moments later drove for a layup.

Lue also insisted that his team was better off playing at a high tempo.

"We want to play fast; we don't want to play in a hurry", Lue said.

Obviously some of that is the Warriors defence, but they continue to miss open looks that through the first three rounds were gimmes.