But there's only one time in NBA history has the NBA Finals MVP award gone to a player from the losing squad - Jerry West claimed the award in the 1968-69 season, when his Lakers fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games.
A dominant, and tense, second quarter has the Golden State Warriors smelling a title. I have no reason to look back at what I could have done or what I shouldn't have done or what I could have done better for the team. Kerr coached the first two games of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers in April but stepped away because he was experiencing complications from back surgery from two years ago.
Kyrie Irving had 26 points while JR Smith had 25. It also proved that Kevin Durant is not only among the best players in the league and a deserving champion, but also capable of reaching a plane of basketball enlightenment that elevates his game from very good to unstoppable.
Jerry West went 1-8 in the NBA Finals.
His Herculean effort was never more evident than in the first half of Game 2, when LeBron went Super Saiyan and basically chose to drive the ball and get his points no matter who was guarding him. Everyone is about to find out how good.
Monday night's Game 5 conclusion of another Warriors-Cavaliers series rose to an average 15.3 rating among metered market households for ABC, a almost 10 percent lift from the comparable Game 5 overnight score in 2016.
An advice for The Game: He may want to be careful next time he's in Cleveland! (They in fact won a lot of basketball games!) The question was whether a franchise player like Curry could accept that all that winning would entail tradeoffs, and whether Durant's presence might even-gasp-occasionally relegate the Warriors' exuberant centerpiece to the role of sidekick.
This isn't the first time Durant has sent some love Rihanna's way. It also kept the Cavaliers from becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to come back from trailing 3-0 to win a best-of-seven series.
Despite all that firepower, there would be no dramatic NBA Finals comeback this season.
Durant, the MVP of the Finals, had 39 points, and Curry added 34 for the Warriors, who captured the best-of-seven series 4-1 against the defending champions. Indeed, sometimes lost in all the chatter about a possible Warriors dynasty is the fact that Golden State plays lovely, often generous team ball. "We didn't seem that nervous in Game 4", Kerr said on Monday.
"We felt like Kevin could come in and help us and, like I said, make it all complete", Green said. "Nervous is good. Appropriate fear is the Gregg Popovich line".
However, Andre Iguodala assisted a Durant dunk and added one of his own off a Curry feed, reopening a double-digit lead and making the final 7:42 an extended celebration among the Oracle Arena fans. And we too have to come to terms with the fact that we will soon be discussing LeBron's career in the past tense.
"I don't see a big gap", Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue told the media in Oakland after the 129-120 loss. Chad will stop by several times per day to navigate.
One of the fans watching the players go through their pregame routines was Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.