Shalom Life | January 01, 2016

David Blatt: The Warriors Were Better

“It Just wasn’t our time” said LeBron James

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: June 17th, 2015 in Sports » Local

Photo: Steph Curry


The Golden State Warriors finished an exceptional season with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, to win the NBA championship for the first time in 40 years.

The top-seeded team in the playoffs, after finishing the regular season with the best record in the NBA, the Warriors won the best-of-seven championship series last night, closing the series 4-2.

“I’ve seen this on TV so many times, dreaming about what it would be like to pour champagne on yourself,” began Stephen Curry, the NBA MVP and newly-crowned champion, “and when that moment comes and I’m holding the trophy, champagne is falling on my face, that’s when it all sinks in that this is real.”

For LeBron James, arguably the greatest basketball player since Michael Jordan (or Kobe Bryant?), the defeat couldn’t have felt great. Leaving him with an overall championship record of 2-4, James still averaged 35.8 points-per-game, 13.3 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in the finals, even with an injury-stricken team.

“When you fall short, it hurts and it eats at you, and it hurts me to know that I wish I could have done better and done more and just put a little more effort or whatever the case may be to help us get over the hump,” said James.

In the end, the injuries to All Star point guard Kyrie irving and forward Kevin Love proved to be too much for the Cavs to defeat the Warriors. “We never asked for sympathy when they went down,” said Israeli-American coach of the Cavaliers David Blatt “We never made an excuse, and I certainly won’t do that now.”

Though the Cavaliers were able to pull, within 4 points of the leading Warriors in the last minute, Curry and his Warriors were able to hold their lead, cementing their championship in Cleveland.

“We played our hearts out. The Warriors were better,” continued Blatt.

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