Kevin Durant has his ring.
The Golden State Warriors closed out a remarkable playoffs campaign in which they dropped one lone game en route to capturing the 2016-17 NBA Championship, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals today in Oakland.
Despite valiant efforts from LeBron James, the Warriors proved too great a mountain to overcome, running out 129-120 winners, taking the series 4 games to 1, and securing their second NBA title in three years, one year after their great capitulation to the Cavs.
Durant, whose 39 points today meant he dropped 30+ individual points in every single one of the five games in this Finals series, took home the Bill Russell Trophy as the NBA Finals MVP.
KD sensationally crossed over to the Warriors at the end of last season, in a move that caused a fair amount of salt to be spilled.
Nobody gave Golden State a chance after they added Durant to a 73-9 team. Nobody. Pretty inspirin’ and whatnot.
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) June 13, 2017
But in accepting the trophy today Durant thank his much beloved Mum, asserting that it was a promise made at 8-years-old finally come good. And that’s… it’s fine. It’s, oh man. It’s pretty nice, actually.
— Deplorable Warrior (@DavidThompson_0) June 13, 2017
And whether or not you’re into the fact that the Warriors blitzed their way through the playoffs with barely a peep from opposition, or whether you’re still absolutely adamant that it would’ve been a much different story if the Cavs hadn’t let Matty Dellavedova go, one thing is now horrifyingly clear:
We are now at the absolute longest point until more basketball.
— Taylor Owens (@Taylorjowens23) June 13, 2017
this is the worst time of year. the time furthest from more basketball.
— Colley (@JamColley) June 13, 2017
When you realise that there is no more basketball till October pic.twitter.com/1SCTbzebho
— Raptors Nation™ (@WeTheNorth__) June 13, 2017
If we all hold each other we might get through it together.
Congratulations, Dubs. We’ll see you all again in October.
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