But it was the harsh ending they got, nonetheless.
"I hope he stays", Lue said. "I'm going to be his biggest fan in there with what he's able to do". After a game like that I'm not in any position to talk about any of that.
LeBron James checked out with 4:03 remaining to a round of applause from the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. He committed six turnovers. "It was decent, but not great for us and I think the last month of the season was missing, which is understandable...", said coach Steve Kerr.
Greg Oden, beset by chronic injuries, played parts of two seasons in Portland, averaging eight points per game.
Stephen Curry goes to the basket.
But as the Cavaliers have struggled to win a game in the NBA Finals against Golden State, the absence of players who can score in bursts has been noticed.
"It's just about the journey, all season", Durant said. "Games swing on one or two plays".
James reportedly sustained the injury when he punched a blackboard following the Cavs Game 1 meltdown.
Fox qualifies for 2018 US Open Championship
Open field via sectional qualifying. "To be honest I just got it in the hole really well, I didn't feel I played that special". Open at Shinnecock, Scott made a decision to try and lock up a spot in the field through the sectional qualifying process.
Durant was the 2016-17 NBA Finals series MVP after defeating James and the Cavs with the Warriors four victories to one.
In the series, Cleveland's five-time All-Star is averaging 21.0 points and 12.0 boards despite struggling somewhat from the floor.
"The main difference is the our regular season defense was odd".
James is a free agent next month.
Yes, NBA history - perhaps more than any other professional North American sport - is littered with dynasties, but how many of those dynasties came in eras of incredible parity (relatively speaking, of course)?
With the Warriors one game away from another championship, this National Basketball Association season is as over as the biggest rap beef of 2018. But from there on, Durant, Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and the rest of this California crew showed why they're the game's gold standard.
Kevin Durant went back-to-back, twice. One reporter asked him if he thought Durant was going to be a superstar back when LeBron faced him and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012 NBA Finals. They had that experience. "We keep waking up every day and trying to get better and we end up here".
The Finals MVP Award is decided on by 11 media members.
The Warriors led by as many as 11 in the first quarter and were ahead 34-25 after 12 minutes. Curry was up to 20 by halftime, thanks to his 3-ball with five seconds left for a 61-52 advantage. Thing is, the Cavs actually hung in there for much of the second quarter, and even led 43-42 on James' tough runner with 5:49 left. Golden State throttled Cleveland, holding the Cavs to just 13 points.