CLEVELAND, Ohio — After a five-game series a year ago, the Golden State Warriors disposed of the Cleveland Cavaliers in a four-game sweep in the 2018 NBA Finals.
This one was never really in doubt for the Warriors. The Cavs made some runs in the second quarter but trailed by nine at halftime and Golden State dominated from there. Steph Curry had 37 points, but the Finals MVP went to Kevin Durant, mostly for his performance in Game 3. Durant had 20 points in Game 4 that was mostly in hand from the start as Golden State won Game 4 in Cleveland, 108-85.
For the Cavs, LeBron James had 23 points and Kevin Love had 13 points to lead the Cavs. Rodney Hood also added ten points off the bench. James also revealed after the game that he played Games 2, 3 & 4 with “mostly a broken hand”. James said he suffered the injury after the devastating Game 1 loss at Golden State when he punched a whiteboard in the locker room in frustration. “I let my emotions get the best of me,” said James. His performance is even that much more remarkable hearing this news, but you could tell he wasn’t the same player after Game 1, and now we know why.
Now the uncertainty will swarm for the Cavs this summer. Their future rests on whether LeBron James stays with the Cavs or opts to go elsewhere in free agency. At this point, any information about where James is headed is all speculation. He mentioned last night in his press conference that he will take his time making his decision and family will have a lot to do with it. He also mentioned that his decision was much tougher in 2010 than it will be this year, so take that as you will. Free agency begins July 1st.
If he indeed has played his last game as a Cavalier, he has cemented himself as the greatest athlete to ever play in the city of Cleveland. Much different than 2010 when he decided to leave, the same decision to leave this year would be perceived very differently by the Cleveland faithful. Fans should be thankful for what he did over the last four years in Cleveland. Delivering a championship to the city of Cleveland was his goal, and he accomplished that. We’ll find out James’ next goals and intentions after July 1st, but for now, he should be celebrated just in case we’ve seen him in the Wine and Gold for the last time.