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NBA Finals: LeBron James, Warriors’ legacy and the 5 biggest takeaways

NBA Finals: LeBron James, Warriors’ legacy and the 5 biggest takeaways

"From a talent perspective, if you're looking at Golden State from their top five best players to our top five players, you would say they're stacked better than us", James said a day ahead of the Warriors' sweep-completing Game 4 victory over the Cavs on Friday night.

They became the ninth team in National Basketball Association history to sweep a Finals series, the first to do so since San Antonio swept Cleveland in 2007 and the second Warriors team to achieve the feat since the 1975 victory over the former Washington Bullets.

Act IV between the Warriors and Cavs featured a drama-filled and controversial Game 1.

Television ratings for the game itself tells us a story of a general public that largely tuned it out.

Through three Finals games this spring, the 33.9 ratings average in the Cleveland market was actually slightly ahead of the 33.7 norm for the first three games of the 2017 Finals.

The good news: Having been competitive in two of their four games against the Warriors, perhaps the Cavs aren't as far away as they might seem. In only his second game back from an injury that sidelined him for six games, the veteran swingman gave the Warriors 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers along the way.

But the odds to win the 2019 NBA title posted at the Westgate sports book reflect the most likely landing spots for the four-time NBA MVP and imminent free agent.

"I let the emotions get the best of me, " James said.

There was also plenty of reaction to James announcing he hurt his hand punching a locker-room blackboard after Game 1 (yes, the J.R. Smith game) and "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand".

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"What we've been able to accomplish is really meaningful and something that not many players have been able to experience", said Curry.

"Sure, guys have proven they can win so you want to keep that group together", Myers said.

The San Antonio Spurs would also make sense for Lebron James.

"I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that", he said.

"Where is my family going to be the most comfortable at?"

"Then it will ultimately come down to me, and so we'll see what happens".

Adam Silver said something before the NBA Finals that came back to mind as the Golden State Warriors were sitting on the chest of the Cleveland Cavaliers and making them punch themselves with their fists. "They fully make Kevin Love available". Durant has already challenged some of the Warriors' young and promising players to raise their games.

When it was all over Friday night, there was both an arrogance and a humility to Durant - both understandable. "So we'll have plenty of time over the summer to talk about what next year's going to look like and what it's going to take for us to get back to this stage next year". The Warriors may be leaving great piles of money on the table, but they still get even greater piles of money.