Will it be LeBron's final game in a Cavs uniform?
During the middle of The Finals, Tim Kawakami asked several prominent National Basketball Association reporters about the pending free agent decision of LeBron James this July. And it was the easiest of the four Golden State-Cleveland battles, with the Cavaliers barely putting up a fight on Friday night. By Game Score, it was the sixth-best individual Finals performance going back to 1983-84.
With LeBron entering free agency in the 2018 off-season, and many speculating he would leave Cleveland, many fans believed this was King James's last game as a Cavalier.
The Cavs had successfully faced down elimination three times this season but were unable to mount any threat of a comeback in this one as the Warriors simply had too much firepower.
After surviving a rougher-than-usual regular season and beating top-seeded Houston in Game 7 on the road in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors withstood an overtime scare in Game 1 and joined an elite group of teams to win multiple championships in a four-year span. With his future in doubt, James left with 4:03 remaining to chants of "MVP, MVP".
They had no energy, however. Klay put up a clutch 10, while Iguodala hit three 3-pointers, totaling 11 himself. After that, the game quickly fell out of hand. Golden State scored three quick baskets to start the third quarter.
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Cleveland were done and the Cavaliers seemed to know it.
But it was just a matter of time before the Warriors took over.
Earlier, the Cavaliers went ahead 39-38 when James finished off a fast break with a basket midway through the second quarter. James' mighty shoulders dropped. After an incredible postseason in which he pulled the Cavs, nearly single-handedly to these Finals, he looked defeated.
Stephen Curry, who was in the running for the award, registered a game-high 37 points and knocked down seven 3-pointers in Game 4. I didn't think LeBron could be swept but after 3 straight blows, I had a feeling today's game was inevitable.
The night, just as this most recent era, belonged to the Warriors.