And it's no secret that Golden State is the superior team with more overall talent and depth.
That Warriors-Cavs matchup, which also was held on the traditionally low-watched end of week, saw Cleveland pull off a comeback 137-116 win.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr encourages his. The three-time champion, including 2016 when the Cavaliers beat Golden State in seven games, can opt out of his Cleveland contract this offseason. I was just trying to win and I thought we both played well. I'm glad that we came out and played a great game tonight.
James said he did not yet know where he would play next season. Steph Curry led them in Game 4 with 37 points.
James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. Like I said, when you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually - for me personally, it made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships, and I still want to be in championship mode. "It's impossible to do that, because they're built from a different cloth, and I know that firsthand". Those performances couldn't get the job done, either.
They did it the hard way, without question.
The Warriors held the Cavaliers to 34.5 percent shooting in Game 4 and blocked 13 of their 87 shot attempts.
James described that Game 1 loss as "very emotional" for him. That came after Cleveland rallied from 3-1 down, helped enormously by Green's fifth-game suspension.
Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) warms.
This ending - a loss - was inevitable: For as good as James was this season, his Cavaliers were not good enough. Yet the cumulative effect on multiple journeys adds up, and we have felt that this year. The fact that they got here surprised me, actually, watching them during the regular season. "But our guys sense the finish line, and they turned it on right from the beginning of the playoffs defensively". Expectations to not only compete but to win another Championship for the city of Cleveland. But if things get rocky next season, the Warriors will also have the experiences from this year to draw upon. "He's on the past year of a deal, so they don't want to take on money".
"You don't want to cheat the moment", Curry said, the victory champagne still drying on his clothes and skin, wanting no part of any talk about dynasties or anything like that.