HOUSTON – It's been in everyone's mind all season – the feeling that this NBA season would end right where the last three in Oakland and Cleveland with the best team of his generation have played another round against the best Player of his generation.
In some corners, the potential of a fourth NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James & # 39; Cleveland Cavaliers inspires fear or boredom. In others, it caused frustration or anger at the salary cap peak two years ago that the warriors could add to Kevin Durant.
But after two epic Game 7s over this Memorial Day weekend, where James made 48 minutes of resilient brilliance in Boston, and the Warriors rallied after a 1
Redundant as a Fourth Chapter by Warriors-Cavs "It was a tougher way, so far," said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers ESPN late on Monday night after Golden State's 101-92 win in Game 7.
We still have won nothing, but where we are now, what we had to overcome, was more difficult.
Myers was referring to the entire season, in which all four are Golden State All-Stars suffered severe injuries, but Myers also referred to the difficulty of summoning the same intensity, concentration, and stance for four consecutive seasons night after night.
"Being hunted is unlike hunting, and we were long in that role, "said Myers." The control that lies on these guys, they can not help feeling. We should win every game we played this year. Every single game. I think, the position in which you want to be. But there is a weight to it. "
It's a weight that the warriors carry without complaint, but still a weight, and this season there were more questions than they asked the previous three if they could climb out among them.
The Rockets did not The secret of building their team to match the warriors is that there are those who will always feel like they could have dethroned the Golden State if Chris Paul does not have Achilles at the end of Game 5
"We needed Chris. He would have gotten us killed. "Rocket striker PJ Tucker told ESPN as he sat in his locker and drank an electrolytic drink in the final minutes of the Monday match, having badly nailed himself in the last few minutes." After this Game 5, we had this one Feeling. We could see it in everyone else. We can do this run. Then, when he went down, I could feel our team like & # 39; Oh no. & # 39;
"We rolled, we could see it."
But as in the past four seasons, the Warriors simply had more of everything: more firepower, more serenity, more depth, more pride.
They lost former Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to bone damage after Game 3, a significant loss due to the importance of Iguodala to organize their offensive and defense capability on James Harden
But in the end, the warriors could endure the loss of Iguodala Because they simply have more than anyone. Another team in the league: the challenge is to trust this talent, rather than tensing it up and crumbling under the expectations it creates.
In this series, the Warriors seemed to do just that With 17 points in the first half, they were in game 7 for 15.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the first-half of Monday one of the "bizarre first halves of basketball" They played as head coach in his four years
"I whale He came in at half-time and said," I do not even recognize this team. We have been together for four years. I did not recognize the group we saw. "
But instead of spinning, the Warriors seemed to calm down, and if they only lost 11 points at halftime after playing so badly, they seemed confident." 19659002] "That was a moment when could have shattered, to be honest, "said Warrior Guardian Stephen Curry." It may have been a moment when the boys parted ways. But I think that the way we have been fighting all year and the way this team is built up with the chemistry that has brought us through this difficult situation.
And of course the warriors just had more.
Our talent has taken over, "Kerr said." It's as simple as that. "We have three of the league's best shot-makers. They all got hot at various points in the second half and made great games.
The Rockets arrive early, but Steph Curry and Kevin Durant join the Warriors in the second half to knock Houston away in Game 7.
Durant had 21 of his With a high of 34 points in the second half, Curry had 19 of his 27 points at half-time Thompson had 12 of his 19th The Big Three Harden of the Rockets Eric Gordon and Clint Capela scored 31 points together in the second half.
Part of it was The Warriors' defense was a big deal, but fatigue was also a factor: at one point, Houston missed a whopping 27 consecutive 3-point shots
"We knew they would eventually get tired," Durant said Game to ESPN Radio. "James spit on every ball so much, I know he'll wear out someday." 19659002] According to Second Spectrum, Harden dribbled an unbelievable 600 times in Game 7. The next highest score was Gordon 250. The rest of the team combined for just 179.
That's a huge burden for a player, not to mention chasing after Thompson at the other end of the court.
"I knew how tired Houston was," Kerr said. "The way they play with James, who rolls so many screens and rolls, that's exhausting." 1:44
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Paul should help alleviate that burden, and he absolutely did it until he died End of game 5 was injured. Houston did not have much of what to go back then. His only choice was to hope that Harden could do what LeBron James had done for his Cavaliers in his Sunday 7 game after All-Star Kevin Love was lost to a concussion
he could not.
Why We're back in the same place over the past three years, where the NBA's best team is against their best player.