…and NBA Finals MVP, at the same damn time. Thus proving, that if you set your mind to something and are undeterred by the opinions of others– you too can be a winner. Thank you for teaching the kids that very important life lesson Mr. Durant.
The 2017 NBA Finals MVP finished game 5 with 39 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal. Shooting a gawdy 70% from the field and 63% from three. Saving his best for last in the close out game of a series that saw him average 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists on 59% (.588) shooting. Say what you will about his leaving OKC for GSW, but Durant clearly played his best in the biggest moments of the finals.
Despite an eventual 4-1 series win, Golden State versus Cleveland take III did an amazing job of being
exactly almost what we thought it would. The skill level on display from both teams, was unmatched. Shout out to both LeBron and Kyrie on simply amazing performances throughout.
At the beginning of the season, a repeat of the last two finals was a foregone conclusion with the addition of Durant. However there were some before the start of this series, that were predicting a sweep despite both teams entering with nearly identical postseason records. Possibly because they saw the inevitable.
Did it hurt GSW to have a healthy two time MVP on their side? One that had a strong series and one of his better games in the close out? Of course not. Nor did it hurt to have a mercurial 4 man, that understands his worth to the team as an all-around player, having a Draymond game. How about the 2015 Finals MVP, having his best game at the right time. What about old man David West getting T’d up for the culture?
Golden State is a better team than last year’s OKC squad. Despite their being down to the Thunder, 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals in 2016.
Golden State has been a better team than the Cleveland Cavaliers the past three seasons now. Despite their giving up an infamous 3-1 lead in last year’s Finals.
Golden State, despite having this weird infatuation with the numbers 3 and 1– is the type of team that a talented offensive player would want to play for. As long as said player can fully buy into we over I.
So the skinny kid from Seat Pleasant (MD) made the move to Golden State. Ignoring all of the tweets. All of the talking heads. Any and all of the current and former players that frowned on his decision to chase the one thing he didn’t have. He made the decision he wanted to make, for the result he was hoping for.
And regardless of how any of us feels about it, he got just that.
Oh and our opinions really don’t matter in the end, because @MamaDurant is proud of him. For doing it his way.
Kevin Durant and his Mother Wanda Durant. pic.twitter.com/SIdClgVtb7
— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) June 13, 2017
And personally, I don’t have to like it to respect it. 2010 made 2016 possible. Welcome to our modern day reality.