The prolific scorer who still can not escape flak for his free-agency destination gave his teammate a deep hug.
"Does it matter?" Durant said of being picked over Curry. And if Durant going to Golden State hasn't been great for league-wide parity, it has quite obviously been great for the Warriors.
In two finals before the Warriors signed Durant, Golden State split with Cleveland and went 7-6. His return will undeniably make them a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference next season. His right hand, which he says he injured after punching a blackboard as the result of a frustrating Game 1 loss, needed icing, too. Leading 104-79 with 2:47, coach Steve Kerr called timeout and cleared his bench.
Perhaps a coincidence, Durant's former Oklahoma City teammate Russell Westbrook posted a video of himself singing along with an Ice Cube rap on Saturday morning - the message of the track being that someone had lost his or her edge. He was able to battle through to it all by continuing to play at an elite level averaging 34.0 points on 52.7 percent shooting along with 10.0 assists, and 8.5 rebounds per contest. Not a bad way for Durant to follow after posting a playoff career-high 43 points in Game 3.
"According to a person with knowledge of the situation, James - who was briefed on the latest media reports shortly before coming to the podium - would not have worn the cast if his injury had not already been reported". Throughout the night, Curry drained 3-pointers while performing his signature shimmy move.
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Curry concurred, saying, "I think the biggest thing we appreciate in the locker room is, again, what everybody brings to the table, and we kind of unlock the greatness out of each other". All around them were Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala and a succession of Warriors who ran around and harassed Cleveland's shooters enough to make life hard.
James' future isn't the only one in question. "Kevin's really the free agent we have to focus on".
Durant is expected to opt out of his current deal with the Warriors and is eligible to sign for up to four years and $160 million.
Despite the Warriors' superior dominance, they navigated a hard journey. James had two MRIs during the series and iced the hand after games.
The Warriors have run into James for four consecutive years in the Finals and although they've got the better of him on three occasions, his individual numbers and performances over those four series have been truly remarkable.