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Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 4 vs. Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Le Bron James pushes away Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry but James probably can't prevent another Warriors championship Golden State Warriors: 3 takeaways from Game 4 vs. Cavaliers
Kristopher Love | 10 June, 2018, 02:43

The Golden State Warriors claimed their third National Basketball Association championship in four years Friday night when they completed a series sweep over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It's the second Finals sweep of James' career, the first coming with the Cavaliers in 2007 against the San Antonio Spurs (also the most recent year any team was swept in the Finals).

There was also plenty of reaction to James announcing he hurt his hand punching a locker-room blackboard after Game 1 (yes, the J.R. Smith game) and "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand".

With the NBA Finals now complete, here today we bring to you episode fifteen - analysis of the season-ending fourth and final game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. The parsing of James' body language and diction for hints about his next destination began in earnest at the podium after the game. There will be no parade for him this year, no ring, no banner ceremony.

"I have no idea at this point", Le-Bron said of returning to Cleveland. "Every journey is a new one each season".

The final on Friday night was Golden State 108, Cleveland 85. Curry went 7-for-15 behind the arc after making just one of 10 attempts in Game 3.

The Warriors are better. Meanwhile, King James put up a good fight averaging 28.3 points per game during this year's finals. The Cavs led briefly in the first half, but it was over shortly after halftime.

When three-time champion James left the game with about four minutes to play, he did so to a standing ovation from a home crowd that were chanting "M-V-P, M-V-P".

Lue, of course, hopes James decides to stay. He fights and competes to the end. We can't get enough of this feeling. "I'm happy to be part of this group". He is rumored to be interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers or the Los Angeles Lakers. Tonight, he addressed why he returned in 2014.

Thing is, there's no obvious choice.

And James wants more rings.

But he's 33. Father Time is undefeated.

Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors received a lot of scrutiny, but his time in Golden State has been an outright success.

James could be packing up and leaving his native northeast OH once again.

"Even though I came back when I wasn't quite ready, I had to". He has given the city so much. With the defeat, the focus turns to LeBron James because he's in all likelihood going to be a free agent this summer.

Durant was criticised by many for joining an already-stacked Warriors team in 2016 but it is hard to question the move after watching how seamlessly he has fit in. There really isn't any in-between. Others will wait for a more opportune time, a few years from now.

"We hit 24 threes a year ago in Game 4 and had a really great showing and didn't accept defeat", Love said.