LeBron James broke his right hand after Game 1

LeBron James

"I'm very familiar with the city of Cleveland now".

There is no one out there who thinks that the Cavs would have won if James hadn't hurt his hand.

And when the champion pops champagne bottles and douses their locker room in bubbly, it'll probably come to an end. "These guys aren't just incredibly talented, but they're selfless, they love each other and play for each other, and you see the result".

Who will LeBron James be playing for next season? "We've never done that in our 4 years, sweep the finals".

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the Larry O'Brien Trophy after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. This is why it is no surprise that along with signing Finals Most Valuable Player awardee Kevin Durant to an extension, tying up Kerr for the long run is also among the top priorities of the Warriors front office this summer.

"James said he had "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand" since game one".

To keep his players interested, Kerr brought in guest speakers, among them famed motivator Tony Robbins.

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The last time a team was swept in the finals was 2007, when the Spurs took out James' Cavaliers.

If LeBron departs Cleveland, the Cavaliers organization has to blow everything up and rebuild from a sub-foundational level.

Hobbled by a Friday night ender, the last game of the 2018 NBA Finals is not actually that reflective of how well the playoffs fared.

Even if LeBron does return, Cleveland is so cap-strapped they have no fair way of making the necessary move of adding another big-time, in-their-prime player to the fold this summer. Next year, Boston will add Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward - two All-Star players - back into the fold. "So I don't have an answer for you right now".

"Going into this season, I don't think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we've been on", Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher. The Warriors own two of them, having swept the Washington Bullets in 1975.

James, 33, said after the game that he had "no idea" if he had played his last game for the Cavs, with speculation that he could move on when he becomes a free agent next month.

The Warriors completed their four victories in four games in the Finals to win their third title in four years, after they won 108-85 in Cleveland.

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"We're still in the NBA Finals", said Cleveland's J.R. Smith.

James once again gave a heroic effort, but it was not enough to stem the overwhelming and balanced talent of Golden State, which came into the series looking for a sweep after Cleveland denied them the opportunity a year ago for a ideal playoffs run.

And, given how far that roster appeared from being able to compete with Golden State in these Finals, the idea of the Cavaliers being in championship mode - even with James - is almost impossible to comprehend.

LeBron could only hope that the Warriors would receive a similar call.

Yes, one way or another, it looks like these roads are finally diverging.

Los Angeles would further James' options post career while also giving him a reasonably strong team to chase another ring with.

Maybe the Warriors meet LeBron again in the Finals down the line with a different team, but it won't be the same.

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