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They’re still championship caliber, but a step or two behind a glittering Golden State team that went 81-18 in Durant’s first season and built for the long haul.

“I’m just excited to do something special”, Curry said during the presentation of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy on Monday in Oakland after his team beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. I thought we played well, got better each game, but against good teams you can’t give away games like Game 3 at home and then expect to come here and win in a hostile environment.

That pushed Golden State to add Durant as a free agent last July and the results have been devastating. The Warriors won a league-record 14 consecutive games during this year’s playoffs and went 16-1 overall in the postseason. “It was just ridiculous”, Curry said.

“And that last three minutes was a blur just of pure emotion and energy”. Featuring Draymond Green at center, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and now, Kevin Durant, the lineup spreads the floor to impossible limits, with five players capable of handling the ball, passing, attacking the basket, and switching on defense. And it was just a matter of time before we were going to break through. “This is something we want to continue to do”.

“Well, it’s a two-sided question because for me personally – I don’t know”, said James. “Every single day demanding more out of himself, demanding more out of us, the true testament of a consummate professional“. “I feel like we’ve grown from that”.

The Warriors said in a statement that they’ve yet to receive the customary invitation to the White House for their big win, and they will make those decisions “when and if necessary”. However, Curry was able to showcase his unique skill set by making the right plays at the right time. Curry had been saving the cigar since last year’s finals.

Two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry is expected to sign the richest contract in National Basketball Association history this offseason as the league’s best three-point marksman will be eligible for a five-year deal worth an estimated US$207 million. There was no greater team in the National Basketball Association this season than the Warriors and no player under more scrutiny than Kevin Durant [VIDEO].

“We felt like Kevin could come in and help us”, he added.

What made them great: A team that was on a vengeance all season after losing in the playoffs in 1995 when Jordan returned from baseball, they became the first team to win 70 games. Mike Brown filled in without a hitch; when Kerr returned, all seemed normal.

“He has had an fantastic career, but he took it to the next level”. He had an incredible series, just dominated. Perhaps they also are cautious of giving opponents too much exposure to it, using it as an ace in their collective sleeves to bust out at the right moment.

The only way the Warriors could’ve emerged without legitimate scrutiny was to play like the Goliath people expected. “And you can’t describe it”. Rihanna posted a “Lion King” clip of Mufasa saving Simba from a stampede (spoilers, but if you haven’t seen The Lion King then check your pulse) with her face superimposed over Simba’s and LeBron’s over Mufasa’s.

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