NBA offseason might start earlier than usual this year

2018 NBA Finals – Game Two

Stephen Curry hit a record nine threes in Game 2 on Sunday night. Ezra Shaw Getty Images

They are built for the long haul.

They had reached their destination: dynasty.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, second from left, celebrates after the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-85 in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals to win the NBA championship, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Cleveland.

Love 'em or hate 'em, there is no denying them. I just appreciate what he's done for us this season. It makes us better. "We keep waking up every day and trying to get better and we end up here".

Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth straight finals matchup against James and Cleveland easily.

"We knew that they were going to come out with a tough first punch and we answered it and ran right back at them and set the tone for the whole game", said Curry. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next. One of them was James, who sat slumped in his corner locker, bags of ice on his knees and a towel over his face.

James is, of course, right-handed.

If this was James' last game in Cleveland, it didn't come close to living up to the remarkable season he enjoyed. It took me out of an environment that I didn't think I'd ever be out of.

The Warriors, facing in LeBron James the man widely considered the best player alive, transformed from upstart to elite.

But after nine trips to the NBA Finals, including in each of the last eight seasons, the 33-year-old Akron, Ohio, native only has three championships. "It's unbelievable to be a part of", Klay Thompson said, about Durant's 3-pointer.

World's oldest footprints found in China
The newfound trace fossils are some of the earliest known evidence for animal appendages on record. The body fossils of the animals that made these traces, however, have not yet been found.

And they may stay that way. By the middle of the third quarter, the Warriors led 77-60.

Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row, becoming the sixth player to achieve this feat.

After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood a 51-point masterpiece by James in the opener and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span.

He is rumored to be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers or the Los Angeles Lakers.

The last four NBA Finals have been between the Warriors and Cavs, with Golden State winning three titles. There was no way the Cavs could hold out hope of any comeback and Bron and coach Tye Lue knew it. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. "Sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that". You show up thinking that we're going to show up and win, right?

James had become upset in the final seconds of regulation time in the 124-114 defeat, when a foul call was reversed to allow Golden State to equalize and J.R. Smith grabbed a late rebound with the score level but dribbled away from the basket, thinking the Cavaliers led. None of them were consistent in the playoffs, and Nance Jr. appears to have the highest ceiling. There were lingering questions about Curry's sprained left knee that sidelined him for nearly six weeks and kept him out of a first-round series against San Antonio.

And while they will likely have more competition next year (especially in the Finals with the Celtics and 76ers on the verge of becoming forces), they're going to be the favorites to win it all again.

The Warriors began defence of their title as a No. 2 seed and their season was in serious jeopardy when they fell behind 3-2 to presumptive MVP James Harden and the Rockets.

En route to the championship-clinching blowout, Golden State's two former league MVPs stood out in major ways.

Latest News