The sweep was the first since 2007 when Cleveland was swept by San Antonio and only the ninth in Finals history. His eighth straight appearance didn't go well either, and now there's uncertainty where the superstar will play next.
While Cleveland, despite being swept, gave Golden State a stiffer test than might have been expected - including going to overtime in Game 1, a game that included a memorable gaffe by the Cavaliers' J.R. Smith in the final moments of regulation, and Golden State needing an all-time performance from Durant to win Game 3 - the series had a sense of inevitability to all but the most die-hard of Cavaliers fans. He leaned back and slumped in his seat, the towel still covering his head, and sat that way for several minutes. It was revealed after the loss that he played through a right hand contusion, which was a byproduct of punching a whiteboard following a heartbreaking Game 1. Have we seen LeBron James' last game in a Cavs uniform? "Pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand, so that's what it is". The Warriors are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games following a win and 1-1 ATS in their last five games overall. The Bay area team did it in convincing fashion, leading by as many as 21 points at the end of the third quarter, then toying with the Cavaliers the rest of the game, silencing the home crowd.
And they may stay that way.
Then the league's best team tightened the screws on Cleveland in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 25-13 and prompting Golden State fans to begin those drawn-out "War-eee-orrss" chants.
Durant scored 20 points while registering a triple-double in the series clincher but his efforts will be remembered mostly for the playoff career-high 43 points he scored in a pivotal Game Three that all but sealed the title.
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.
The Warriors' successful title defense marked the 13th time in National Basketball Association history a team has won at least two in a row, and they became the seventh franchise to do so, joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons.
It's well documented how incredible of a postseason run James has had, but after going down 3-0 once again in the finals it seems that people are so ready to discredit just how great LeBron James is. "Sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that". At the same time though, considering the interactions he's had with some of these players during what could potentially be his last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, it's a bit amusing to think how quickly guys jumped to asking James to join their teams. With Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green leading the Warriors, LeBron and his cast of average teammates are overmatched in almost every category. The Warriors haven't been at their absolute best in this series but they proved they can still win even if Curry shoots one of 10 from the three-point line. "That's the only thing that matters to us". In his ninth Finals he went out with a whimper and not a bang.
The health of James' hand likely would not have had much affect on the outcome of the series, a four-game sweep by the Warriors.