Although NBA fans say that they are tired of these two teams being in the Finals every year, we were all excited to see this matchup deep down for the fourth time! Lebron James has a new squad of role players that he has carried through the playoffs to get here and play against what is pretty much the same core Warriors team that stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.
If anything, this matchup is being pitched as One Superstar vs Fantastic Four All-Stars. Maybe it is rightfully so. Lebron scores 50 points in a spectacular showing for a Finals game. It might go down as one of the best performances in NBA history.
Unfortunately, it was in a loss. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were playing like their usual selves, knocking down difficult shots and deep threes. Kevin Durant did not play as well, but his presence as a threat to score definitely opened up the floor for the Warriors.
Yet, the major reasons for the loss were not entirely Lebron's fault, or even completely a Warriors win. First off, a close call between Lebron and Durant that ended up being a blocking foul instead of a charging foul like it was initially called, gave Durant free throws. Then, Cavaliers point guard George Hill missed one of his two free throws that would have put the Cavaliers up by one. After he missed, Cavaliers guard JR Smith rebounded the ball and tried to run the last 4 seconds off the clock. Lebron was yelling at him to either pass or shoot, and it was obvious that Smith did not realize they were tied. If JR Smith had shot the ball as soon as he rebounded, they could have stole a win on the road.
That final mistake that forced them into overtime was a demoralizing blow to the spirit of the Cavaliers, and they weren't ready for the heavy haymaker that was the Warriors barrage of three pointers in the extra time. Even Draymond Green was knocking down long range shots. It was over soon after it began.
This was a thriller of a game nonetheless, and we as fans can only hope that this series goes seven games.
By Joshua Hamer -- Contributing Sportswriter
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