For second straight year, Kevin Durant is your Finals MVP

Grant SmithJun 09, 2018

James' Cavs - again, this might be the last time we can say that - were blown out in Game 4 of the Finals by the Warriors, 108-85, for a four-game sweep.

LeBron James has been playing with a serious bone contusion in his right hand since Game 2, I'm told.

Durant was the 2016-17 NBA Finals series MVP after defeating James and the Cavs with the Warriors four victories to one.

It hurts now, but LeBron has been through too much - 15 seasons, eight straight NBA Finals appearances and now six Finals losses (behind only Jerry West's eight and Elgin Baylor's seven all-time) - to totally sulk through this latest challenge. Cleveland proceeded to blowout Golden State in that game. James still shot 49% from the field over the last three games, but just 27% on three-point attempts with fewer than four attempts per game.

Game 3 was the ideal example of the discrepancy between the two sides, where one squad had to play at their individual and collective peak to have a chance, and the other survived even when two of its stars-Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson-misfired all night.

While Cleveland were the clear underdog in the NBA Finals, they certainly had their chances, blowing a 13-point lead in Game Three and giving away a win on the road in the opener after a disastrous final 36 seconds in regulation. Kevin Love had his third-straight impressive offensive game, JR Smith got his groove back at home, and the recently-freed Rodney Hood provided his team with an additional offensive spark.

The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half. This time it was Durant's Warriors doing the sweeping.

The Warriors used a dominant third quarter to build a 21-point lead that left the Cavaliers' hopes of a series comeback in their wake. Klay put up a clutch 10, while Iguodala hit three 3-pointers, totaling 11 himself.

"Just after the game, just talking to the guys, it was a tough season", Lue said. Kevin Durant had a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and was named the MVP of the Finals.

LeBron James didn't waste any time getting off the floor Friday night, but unlike last time he left Cleveland, he didn't rip off his jersey.

None of the previous 131 teams that faced a 3-0 hole in the National Basketball Association playoffs has ever rallied to win a series.

"They made so many runs but over the course of 48 minutes our will took over".

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