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LeBron James played in the National Basketball Association finals with a broken hand

LeBron James played in the National Basketball Association finals with a broken hand

Still tired and wrestling with emotions after losing Game 3 on Wednesday night, when Kevin Durant scored 43 points and shot the Warriors within one win of their third title in four years, James pointed out Thursday what has become terrifyingly obvious: The Warriors are at another level and may be for a while. Durant, with his notable performance, finished with a career-best in a playoff game and the third-highest point total in Warriors history in the Finals.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points for the Warriors, while LeBron James claimed 23 in what could be his final Cavs game.

Kevin Durant picked up his second consecutive NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award on Friday along with another championship but that does not mean the Golden State Warriors forward is content.

If the Golden State Warriors win the National Basketball Association championship on Friday night, it'll mark the earliest start to the offseason in more than three decades.

The East might be a wild race, with Toronto, Philadelphia and Boston probably all likely to enter the year thinking they have NBA Finals potential - as will any team that has James on its roster next fall.

There was one game, however, that James and the Cavs nearly stole.

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When James left Game 4 for the last time he bumped fists with some Warriors players, but avoided using his right hand. His eighth appearance in a row didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.

All three championships have come against the Cavaliers, with the series clincher coming in Cleveland for the second time.

In two finals before the Warriors signed Durant, Golden State split with Cleveland and went 7-6.

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With LeBron James on their side, one can never count out the Cavaliers, even if the heart of their team twisted his ankle on Wednesday and is still sporting the ill-effects from an inadvertent poke in the eye during Game One.

"The next person who walks up to me and says LeBron James, who is amazing, amazing, is as good as good as Michael Jordan or competes like Michael Jordan, I'm just going to slap the hell out of you right on the spot". Sometimes you can give everything you've got and still come up short. You show up thinking that we're going to show up and win, right?

This is insane. Everybody knows of James' competitiveness, but to be so frustrated with a loss that he would punch a board?

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Now, as James said Thursday, "everyone is trying to figure out" how to assemble a team to knock off a dynasty.

During his postgame press conference on Friday following the Golden State Warriors' sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James admitted to the injury and donned his cast.

"At the end of the day, Kevin Durant's going to go down as probably one of the best scorers this game has ever seen", the Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson said.

"They made some mini-runs, but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over", Curry said.

Stephen Curry already has as many baskets in the first quarter of Game 4 as in all of Game 3.

Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "From five years ago until now, it seems like he's 10 times better, because he's added so much skill to his game", Kerr said.

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