By: Camron Miller
It was a party in the Bay this past Wednesday as the Golden State Warriors celebrated winning the 2018 NBA Finals Championship. Golden State had momentum during the whole series as the players dismantled and did some sweeping of the Cavaliers, winning the series 4-0. Golden State has now won three championships in four years, and this year making themselves back to back champions, something only a few NBA teams have accomplished. Once again Kevin Durant was NBA Finals MVP, an award given to the best player throughout the NBA Finals.
Stephen Curry now has three NBA Championships, Javale Mcgee a player that has been on Shaqtin’ A Fool ever since his career started has two NBA championships now, and Nick Young has won his first with this NBA team trying to make history. Every player Golden State has acquired or signed they have made into more intelligent basketball players.
The Warriors have now shown that not even the mighty Lebron James can take down what is the NBA’s new juggernaut. Adding Kevin Durant two seasons ago made them an unstoppable force that no team has matched at all. A lot of people still consider Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors a snake move after his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, were up 3-1 previously two years ago and they lost the series to the Warriors. KD has been called snake, cupcake, traitor and a whole lot more vulgar names in the process of him becoming an NBA champion but he does not allow this to get under his skin.
“I get the snake comment so many times, I might just tattoo one of those on my arm,” said Kevin Durant.
His critics might judge and scrutinize him for his decision to join the Warriors and believe that this decision has done nothing but tarnish his legacy as an NBA player. But is he wrong? The NBA has entered the decade of the super team that was first set in motion by the Boston Celtics when NBA stars and future Hall of Famers Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett teamed up.
Lebron James played his heart out in each game of the NBA Finals series this year but his team could not provide the support he needs, especially against a star-studded team like the Warriors. We have to think about it James was exhausted from the ECF matchup against the Boston Celtics carrying a heavy load of the point production. Averaging a double-double in the Finals this year with 34 ppg, and 10 assists the production of deep threat shooters Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith would have come in handy.
The Cavaliers lost momentum in the Finals after Game 1 giving the game to the Warriors in OT, and then the dagger by Kevin Durant in Game 3 sealed their fate. Cleveland now has to look forward to the future as Lebron James could enter Free-agency this offseason which would become the Decision Part 3. Who will take down this offensive, efficient, scoring machine in the Warriors? Maybe we’ll find out this coming offseason.