The Golden State Warriors are the 2015 NBA Champions after a 105-97 road win secured the series at 4-2 against the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers.
Steph Curry was again impressive in the all important Game Six, scoring 25 points on the night, whilst LeBron James put up yet another night of incredible numbers but this time it wasn't enough. It was Andre Iguodala, though, who claimed the Finals MVP award despite having begun the six-game affair coming off the bench.
In the aftermath of the win Golden State head coach Steve Kerr, according to one report, leaned in to speak to fellow rookie coach David Blatt and his words could either be taken as a classy act or a patronizing one depending on your viewpoint.
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Having already lost the likes of Anderson Varejão and Kevin Love to injury before the NBA Finals began, the Cavaliers saw All-Star Kyrie Irving dislocate his knee in overtime of Game One. Some have argued the absentees actually made the Eastern Conference team better defensively but they also left their entire offensive game resting in the hands of LeBron James.
LeBron still managed to lead the series throughout in points, rebounds and assists but the Cavs' one dimensional play certainly gave the Warriors the upper hand. A point Steve Kerr was clearly aware of as the celebrations began last night.
While Kerr's comment was meant as a friendly gesture some Cavaliers fans have actually reacted badly, seeing it as patronizing to hear an opposition coach basically say he wanted, and would have, beaten you with your best team not just your back ups.
Tough to beat
Whether the outcome would have been any different if Cleveland had been at full strength is another question, but the performances of Golden State's own roster would have made it tough for anyone to beat them.
Curry recovered from a slow start in the series to recreate his NBA MVP winning form down the stretch and was in awe of what he and the team had achieved.
"I'm kind of speechless, this is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we've put into it this season, this is special.
"We're definitely a great team and a team that should go down in history as one of the best teams from top to bottom.”
MVP Iguodala meanwhile was the key piece in the jigsaw after he entered the starting line up in Game Four. His 25 points last night proving his value, while he was the man charged with defending LeBron for much of the contest, too.
The series was a rollercoaster ride from start to finish but there is no doubt that, through the regular season and into the postseason, the Golden State Warriors have been at the pinnacle of the NBA.
NBA fans: Would the Cavaliers have beaten the Warriors with a full strength team? Have your say in the comments below...
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