LeBron James: Cleveland Cavaliers will continue building toward NBA Championship

Game three looked to end in a victory for the home team which led 111-113 at less than a minute remaining of the game, but a game-changing three-pointer by stellar forward Kevin Durant followed by an unnecessary foul and subsequent free throws as well as a reckless turnover by the Cavs turned the tables to 118-113 to close out the game in favour of Golden State. 73 and nine didn't mean a thing without that ring. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017.

That particular mourning period didn't last long.

Green recently told ESPN's Zach Lowe, a trusted reporter, he called Warriors GM Bob Myers as well as Durant after the 2016 NBA Finals.

"I can't believe it, but I have to", Durant said recently of where he is after a decade.

For the third year in succession, the two teams met in the Finals, but after going 3-0 down this time around, Cleveland were only able to pull one game back before the Warriors secured the trophy in game five.

WESTERVELT: Throughout the playoffs, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr encouraged his team to enjoy the ride, to play with joy.

Durant's stellar play all season and throughout the playoffs vindicated Golden State's massive payout to the superstar in a controversial off-season deal.

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But the real higher gear of this Warriors ensemble was saved for the play-offs. Golden State in 2015, the Cavaliers past year, the Warriors again this time.

After joining the Warriors in July 2016 - a decision which caused shockwaves in the National Basketball Association world among talk of a GSW "super team" - it took Durant just one season to win his first championship.

Some could argue that the Warriors faced considerably weaker competition in their earlier rounds: Trail Blazers, Jazz, and Spurs mostly without Leonard. You go to GSW, the team who beat you, when you're already on a title contender? They will presumably look for another catch-and-shoot guard with a minimum contract unless they also can not retain Livingston. Throughout the finals it was iterated many times by commentators that it wasn't that the Cavs were playing at B-grade but rather that the Warriors played at A++ grade and so even if they played at A or even A+ level it wouldn't be enough to topple them. Their eventual point differential over the 17-game post season run was a scintillating +13.53, second only in history to Milwaukee Bucks in 1971.

At home, clinging to a six-point lead after a J.R. Smith triple, the Cavs finally had that late-game advantage. Irving was held in check in both Game 1 and Game 2, totaling more shot attempts (45) than points (43).

Sometimes lost in all the chatter about a possible Warriors' dynasty is the fact that Golden State plays attractive, often unselfish team ball.

While the overall deliveries for this year's Cavs-Warriors skirmish set a record for ABC, household and demo ratings were down slightly versus last year's series. Durant took in all the criticism and did not only look to fit in with a well-oiled machine, but worked hard in order became the Warriors' best player. They can add their name to legendary on-court pairs like Jordan and Pippen, Russell and Cousy, Shaq and Kobe, Magic and Kareem, and LeBron and Wade. "When you have them beat, you have to beat them". They pressured the Cavaliers and made them make mistakes. Our city hasn't had that feeling in a long, long, long time. Luckily, Durant makes a great team legendary. And that, essentially, was the difference in these Finals. For every dollar the team is over the salary cap, they have to pay that same amount to the league.

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