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Dose: Kevin Durant Finals MVP!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


Well, it’s over. The Warriors closed out the Cavaliers in five games by taking Game 5 in Oakland by a score of 129-120. It was a fun game to watch and the Cavaliers couldn’t overcome a 32-8 run by the Warriors in the second quarter, although they did manage to stay in the game. But in the end, the foursome of Finals MVP Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were too much for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to overcome. Kevin Love simply didn’t get it done for the Cavs, but it’s not all his fault. Even if Love had played his best ball, the Cavaliers were still undermanned against one of the greatest super-teams that professional sports has ever seen.

 

Durant led the way for the Warriors with 39 points, seven rebounds, five assists, a steal and five 3-pointers on 14-of-20 shooting, and also hit all six of his free throws. He was basically a magician in the postseason and led the Warriors to a 16-1 record in the playoffs. KD averaged 27.8 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers in the postseason. He also averaged a ridiculous 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.6 blocks and 3.6 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting in the Finals. The Warriors seduced him to leave the Thunder to join them in Oakland and it resulted in a dominant championship, to no one’s surprise.

 

Curry added 34 points, six boards, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on 10-of-20 shooting, Draymond Green had 10 points, 12 boards, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 3-of-10 shooting, Klay Thompson added 11 points, five boards, two assists, a steal, a block and three 3-pointers on 4-of-13 shooting and Andre Iguodala chipped in with 20 points, three boards, three assists and two 3-pointers on 9-of-14 shooting in 38 minutes off the bench. The Warriors did not want to go play a Game 6 in Cleveland and Durant, Curry and Iguodala made sure it wouldn’t happen.

 

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LeBron James was fantastic again, racking up 41 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 19-of-30 shooting. He averaged 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds, 10.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting in the Finals, but just didn’t have the firepower from his teammates to stop the Warriors. Irving came through with 26 points, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointers on 9-o-f022 shooting, and J.R. Smith stepped up with 25 points and seven 3-pointers on 9-of-11 shooting last night. Love hit just 2-of-8 shots for six points, 10 rebounds and a block, but the Cavs really needed him to put up big numbers in this series if they were going to win. He hit just 39 percent of his shots in this series and averaged 16 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals, a block and 2.4 3-pointers and scored nine or fewer points in two of the five games. On the flipside, Irving was great, averaging 29.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting. Curry averaged 26.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 9.4 assists, 2.2 steals and 3.8 3-pointers on 39 percent shooting in the Finals. Durant, Curry, LeBron and Kyrie were all fantastic to watch in the Finals, but Cleveland simply couldn’t hang with the Warriors with Smith and Love not firing on all cylinders in every game.

 

So with the season officially a wrap, the Rotoworld crew is looking forward to the following:

 

NBA Draft: Thursday, June 22 – We’ll be blurbing each player as they’re selected, in order on our newsfeed.

 

Free Agency: Kicks off July 1 at midnight and we’ll be up all night breaking down news and moves, as teams zero in on veteran prospects.

 

Summer League: Mike Gallagher’s favorite event of the summer will take center stage and he’ll share his thoughts on all the up-and-coming talent as teams play in Orlando and Las Vegas.

 

Training Camp: Camp battles are a blast to watch and we’ll be breaking it all down in blurbs, columns and the NBA Draft Guide, which we start cranking out as soon as the Free Agency frenzy starts to calm down.

 

NBA Draft Guide/Preseason: While the preseason is going down, the NBA Draft Guide will be getting its final touches and prepared for release. Look for it some time in September!

 

Enjoy the offseason and thanks for following along all season long! Can’t wait to do it again in 2017-18!



Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2017-18 NBA season marks (at least) his 16th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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