Durant's performances in the first two games of the series were overshadowed a bit otherworldly performances by LeBron James (51 points in Game 1) and Stephen Curry (Finals-record nine 3s in Game 2), but he's been absolutely superb.
Windhorst reported on ESPN that after the Cavs' brutal Game 1 meltdown, James punched a blackboard out of frustration.
The 2017-18 NBA season came to an end on Friday night as the Golden State Warriors swept the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, and after the game Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid wasted no time recruiting LeBron James.
"I pretty much played the last two games with a broken hand".
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Those privy to James's thinking say that at this stage, pleading from family members appears to be the only force that could persuade him to extend his second stint with the Cavs and resist the opportunity to switch teams, as he did in 2010 and again in 2014. "That's what it is", James said. The departure of Durant will be a huge loss for the Warriors, but there is a possibility that Golden State will immediately find his replacement in the free agent market. 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.
And because it's LeBron James, even some football players seem to be trying to convince him of what his next move should be.
James also played through several other injuries. His left eye remained bloodshot after getting poked in the eye in Game 1.
Perkins spoke - in his own unique way - about Durant in the wake of his 43-point Game 3 performance.