Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

LeBron James' future with Cleveland Cavaliers in doubt after NBA Finals loss

LeBron James' future with Cleveland Cavaliers in doubt after NBA Finals loss

Kevin Durant had a simple message for his critics: "Thanks". James did not have a field goal in the period, going 0-for-2, as Cleveland saw its nine-point halftime deficit balloon to as many as 21. Expectations to not only compete but to win another Championship for the city of Cleveland. Game 3 of this year's Finals brought in a total audience of 17.9 million sets of eyeballs watching on ABC on Wednesday night. Assuming Kevin Durant re-signs and the rest of the All-Star core - Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Thompson - remain healthy, the Warriors will enter the 2018-19 season as the favorite to three-peat.

That includes a victory over the Warriors a year ago in the NBA Finals, when the Cavaliers were in the same 3-0 deficit they face now.

Brown is a two-time National Basketball Association coach of the year and two-time Emmy nominee who is working the finals for the 17th time as a radio and television analyst. They know. They know. "They showed a lot of effort and grit, mucked up the game quite a bit and just hit shots from all over the court". That's all I can really speak about. "I've got a Game 5 outfit". "I saw it comin'; that's why I went solo", Cube rapped, as Westbrook mouthed the words.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers after the game at the Wells Fargo Center on April 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "I mean, we all know that", Lue insisted.

The greatness can't be questioned now.

The enigmatic quotes offer hope to disillusioned fans hoping an implosion might discontinue Golden State's inescapable reign.

Regardless of the Finals MVP, the Dubs dynasty is real.

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It is the Warriors' third title in four years, and Durant's second in his second season with the team. I was able to do that. If he decides to leave again, we'll always have that one parade.

When it was all over Friday night, there was both an arrogance and a humility to Durant - both understandable. "Getting up every day, going to work with these guys, it's incredible".

Even in that moment, though, he remembered his roots. "I just appreciate what he's done for us this season". It changed my life. "I thought that's what our group of guys did in this series".

"Looking forward just to different tricks that we use throughout the season next year". "It's an unbelievable feeling to come here with a mission and get the job done", Curry said.

Disproving doubters, disproving critics, that's just a bonus.

"No team has ever come back from 3-1 either, and we did it", Lue said, referring to the Cavs' comeback to stun the Warriors in the 2016 Finals.

In a video clip that's now making its' way across social media, the proud father and husband is seen blocking out just about everyone (other than his sons) as he makes a beeline for the Cavs' locker room.

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