It was always going to be hard for the Cleveland Cavaliers to recover from Game 1, which they lost in overtime and that proved right as the defending NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, cemented their status as the best in the league by sweeping the Cavs 4-0 in the best of seven series.
With that loss, the Cavs could be losing their major talisman, LeBron James, who had almost single-handedly pulled the Cavs to the final. James is up for free agency in the summer and the question has been which franchise would have the pull needed to create a team to challenge the Warriors next season.
On Friday night, the Warriors did not have enough challenge from the Cavs as Stephen Curry scored 37 points while Kevin Durant added 20 as they beat the Cavs 108-85 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
Afterward, James revealed that the Cavs never really got over the emotions of losing Game 1 in somewhat controversial circumstances even though the big blame must be on JR Smith, who had a chance to shoot on a rebound with about seven seconds left on the clock but chose to dribble the ball.
James also revealed he had played the last three games with a broken hand. “I had emotions on the (first) game that was taken from us. I let the emotions get the best of me.”
The Warriors had a nine-point lead from the first quarter, which they never relinquished and they won all the quarters except the second that was drawn 22-22.
Warriors coach, Steve Kerr said, “I can’t believe this happened. But it was hard and it gets more difficult as you go.”
But for now, he must enjoy having the best team in the NBA.