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LeBron James Prioritizing Family, Championship Contention In Decision

LeBron James Prioritizing Family, Championship Contention In Decision

After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference final, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 of the Finals and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in four years.

Though Durant rightfully earned MVP, Stephan Curry led Friday night's game against the Cavs scoring 37 points. "The biggest thing we appreciate in the locker room is what everybody brings to the table, and we kind of unlock the greatness out of each other". "We've never done that in our 4 years, sweep the finals". Two years, two titles, and two Finals MVPs for Durant later, and it's hard to argue that July 4th was a death knell for National Basketball Association championship competition. There is a growing belief that James has played his final game with the Cavs on Friday. The Warriors started the game on a 13-3 run, fixated on avoiding a repeat of last year's Game 4 that saw Cleveland force the series back to Oracle Arena.

Regardless of whether you're in attendance, or watching from home, this should be a fun event as it always is when teams get to celebrate a title with their city.

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"Extremely hard", was how Green, the emotional heart and soul of Golden State, described the latest journey.

"I just want to congratulate Cleveland on an awesome season", Kerr praised. Steve Kerr has more than proven himself as one of the game's best coaches. However, no losing player has won the award since Jerry West in 1969 and voters weren't changing that for a team that just got swept. This is a man who averaged a league-leading 36.9 minutes per game this season and carried his team to a Finals appearance that was anything but guaranteed. Oh, it helped, make no mistake.

"That's how you know we're a great team, is when everybody's coming after us", Durant said.

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Durant said at the time the leadup to his decision was the most challenging few weeks of his career but after the success he has enjoyed over the last two seasons he is not about to second guess his move. This feels more like reality. "I hope he stays", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "I just appreciate what he's done for us this season". But it's a very different feeling. "There's a lot of difficulties when you have some health issues, and it's not easy. Next year will be even tougher". Golden State to be able to get a Game 1. "He's won three championships".

"Then in my absence, Larry Drew and [Mike] Longabardi, and Phil Handy, [James] Posey, D-Jones [Damon Jones], Vitaly [Potapenko], Jim Boylan, they did a hell of a job just holding it down until I got back".

"We're going to keep fighting", said Cleveland forward Tristan Thompson.

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