The Cavaliers were swept. Now, LeBron James has a decision to make

NBA: Warriors reportedly irked at Perkins for Curry run-in

NBA: Warriors reportedly irked at Perkins for Curry run-in

That almost wound up costing the Warriors dearly, as fourth-quarter collapses in both Games 4 and 5 of the Western Conference finals allowed Houston take a 3-2 lead in the series, and move Golden State to within a game of elimination. The game and the series itself lacked the competitive nature most had hoped for.

Even if the Lakers landed James and another top-flight player like a Paul George this summer, it's still hard to see them being ready to overtake the Rockets and Warriors out West. Philadelphia might be on the cusp of contending in the East, but doesn't seem like a championship club yet.

Television ratings for the game itself tells us a story of a general public that largely tuned it out. His right hand, which he says he injured after punching a blackboard as the result of a frustrating Game 1 loss, needed icing, too. Having taken place on a Friday night, ratings themselves weren't necessarily going to match up with games that are played during the week or on Sundays.

The weight of expectations have hung over this team from the moment the Warriors added Kevin Durant to a team that won an NBA-record 73 games two years ago.

When James' initial plan for a $200 million contract was foiled by an obscure rule under the old CBA, he helped the players union change that rule in the new CBA.

"I had emotions of you just don't get an opportunity like this on the road versus Golden State to be able to get a Game 1, and I let the emotions get the best of me", James said.

Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

NBA: Warriors reportedly irked at Perkins for Curry run-in

"Looking at this playoff journey, we knew it wasn't going to be as easy as previous year", Curry said. "You know, I watched that team a lot during the year".

Durant supplemented Curry's big scoring night with the first Finals triple-double of his career with 20 points, 12 rebounds and a postseason-career-high 10 assists. Klay Thompson is set to be a free agent next summer and Draymond Green's contract is up in two years.

"I'm sure if you're around our players and talk to them, they make no bones about it, they love playing for him and they love going through this journey with him", Myers said of Kerr. You don't just have to assemble a roster that can challenge Golden State, but you have to do it at close to their price. I was there in the Hamptons when we had that discussion.

The Warriors are already well over the cap, and they will be deep into the luxury tax no matter what kind of discounts they get on those players.

Curry's quite happy with the team and himself claiming a third National Basketball Association title in four seasons after beating Cleveland 108-85 Friday, leaving individual honors to fall where they might.

Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers are oft-mentioned as possible James destinations - but since they're in the Western Conference that would mean potentially dealing with the Warriors earlier in the playoffs. "Our goal, to be honest, is to try to keep the whole thing together, so that's the pieces of the puzzle we've got to try to figure out". The Warriors may be leaving great piles of money on the table, but they still get even greater piles of money.