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LeBron James praises Kevin Durant while throwing shade at the Trail Blazers

10 June 2018

The 33-year-old American, playing in his eighth consecutive finals, said he had "no idea at this point" about his future and would consider the decision with his family.

Throughout the playoffs, James tried to will his team to victory, averaging 37.7 points, 10.7 assist and 9 rebounds a game heading into the last game. This change in energy has been more notable than ever in Kevin Durant, who mustered nine "soft rebounds" in Game 1, according to Draymond Green, but missed a crucial box-out of J.R. Smith in the winding seconds of regulation - a flaw that could have costed the Warriors the game and a lead in this series.

"It feels great to go out there and win a championship with these guys the way we did it".

But it was only a matter of time before the Warriors, who boast perhaps the most potent offense the National Basketball Association has ever seen, took over, using a dominant third quarter to build a 21-point cushion that left the Cavs' hopes of a comeback in their wake.

When the Cavaliers made a flurry of mid-season trades to remake the back half of their roster, it was widely thought that the moves were an upgrade.

That wasn't the only way that Curry entered the record books in this series.

James, whose team trails the Golden State Warriors three games to none in the NBA Finals, is a potential free agent this summer.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper all played in a pair of swept-out defeats in the finals with the Los Angeles Lakers. In now eight postseason meetings against the Warriors, the 15-year sharpshooter has gone just 8-for-29 from the floor, including 6-of-22 from long-range. It continued to be the Durant plus the role-players. Klay Thompson scored just 10 points on four of 11 shooting while Stephen Curry chipped in with just 11 points on three of 16 shooting. This season featured entirely too much drama, and the Warriors took advantage with a clean sweep in the 2018 NBA Finals. Golden State won the game 110-102.

But it is for moments like these that it helps to have Durant on your side.

The three-time champion revealed he had played the last three matches with a broken right hand, sustained after he scored his best play-off points haul of 51 in the opener.

"This is so challenging for me to sit up here and say because people who really don't know the game don't really know what I'm talking about".

Golden State controlled the first quarter but the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors 14-4 to open the second.

Yes, NBA history - perhaps more than any other professional North American sport - is littered with dynasties, but how many of those dynasties came in eras of incredible parity (relatively speaking, of course)? Eastern, but you can stream Game 4 here. "He hopes to return to the ESPN Radio booth if there is a Game 5".

LeBron James praises Kevin Durant while throwing shade at the Trail Blazers