LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers played with significant hand injury

LeBron James of Cleveland Cavaliers played with significant hand injury

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 37 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to their second consecutive championship with a 108-85 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the NBA Finals Friday in Cleveland.

Ahead of Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals, Shaw shared some of his favorite shots from four years of covering the Warriors and Cavaliers as they battle for the NBA championship, and spoke with Business Insider about the difficulties, logistics, and joys of the job.

Game 3 hero Kevin Durant "only" scored 20 points in Game 4, but still managed to put together a triple-double (20 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists).

The path to this title was more precarious than the first two for coach Steve Kerr and the Warriors, who overcame injuries, expectations, a built-to-dethrone-them Rockets team and the brilliance of James, who may have played his final game in Cleveland. He averaged 34 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 52 percent for the entire series.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James revealed Friday after his team was swept in the NBA Finals that he played the last three games with a broken right hand.

The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence.

It's hard to come back against Golden State, and the Cavs didn't have a comeback in them after losing the first three games of the series.

That set up another reunion with James and the Cavs.

"I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business", James added. And when it appeared Cleveland might have a shot to win Game 3 Wednesday night and make the series competitive, Kevin Durant made sure that wouldn't be the case. Possibly, a decade, or so, from now, the narrative will be forgotten and basketball fans will get to appreciate what James contributed to the game. Durant said. "We won two championships".

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"One GM of one of the better teams in the West said, 'you know, Boston, there was a time you just stay in the East and you have a much easier path to the Finals.' Will that necessarily be true with Boston or Philadelphia? That's the only thing that matters to us".

"And I'm going to take my chances with the judicial system". But Joel Embiid was ready to recruit LeBron James, so he did what he knows best.

"LeBron James played the last three games of this series with a significantly injured right hand, a hand that he injured punching a blackboard in the locker room at Golden State after Game 1", Windhorst reported. So if you make a mistake, they're going to make you pay.

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 James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Stephen Curry was 3-16 from the field, with only 11 points, a rare performance for this all star.

LeBron James, most definitely, does not want to get swept in the NBA Finals for a second time.

Still, the air of inevitability that came with this championship made for a different feeling than, say, how the Washington Capitals celebrated winning the Stanley Cup the previous night.

The health of James' hand likely would not have had much affect on the outcome of the series, a four-game sweep by the Warriors.

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