Overcoming obstacles all season long, the Warriors won their fourth consecutive finals matchup against James and Cleveland easily.
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. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
James finished with 23 points.
Durant is one of 30 players to win the award. He averaged 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists during the Warriors' sweep of the Cavaliers.
"Just after the game, just talking to the guys, it was a tough season", Lue said.
James, on the other hand, is still undecided about his future with the Cavaliers, the team to which he had returned from Miami in order to take care of "some unfinished business".
James played in every game for Cleveland - 82 in the regular season (something he'd never done before) and 22 in the playoffs. This season featured entirely too much drama, and the Warriors took advantage with a clean sweep in the 2018 NBA Finals.More news: Origin Access Premier subscription tier announced
Brown is a two-time National Basketball Association coach of the year and two-time Emmy nominee who is working the Finals for the 17th time as a radio and television analyst. "Was able to finish the series off - that's what matters to us".
There was no way that King James wouldn't have been heated after Smith, not known for his attention to detail, literally cost them a golden opportunity to get at least one game against the far more superior Warriors. He took the Cavaliers to five conference semifinals, two conference finals and one NBA Finals appearance in 2007, but that climb was beset with unprecedented scrutiny to reach the top.
The three-time champion revealed he had played the last three matches with a broken right hand, sustained after he scored his best play-off points haul of 51 in the opener.
Love has been matched up often against Draymond Green, who's having a quiet statistical series - averaging 9.3 points on 52 percent shooting - but has been solid on both ends of the floor, averaging 8.3 assists and 2.3 steals through the first three games.
While this was perhaps their most hard season, they found a way to overcome a 3-2 deficit against the Rockets and then cruise through the Finals. Kevin Durant had a triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and was named the MVP of the Finals.
Brown was working his 17th NBA Finals. Golden State will be looking to retool a roster that, despite its dominance, might require some modification.