And we though that the 2016 Finals had everything.
The rematch between the new look Warriors and same ole’ Cavs had most of the same characteristics that made their two Finals series so entertaining, but went the extra mile.
Kevin Love getting dunked on, Steph Curry struggling, and Kyrie delivering late are all familiar sights in this newfound rivalry, but new X-factors showcased themselves this Christmas that could add a new element to a (probable) 3rd Finals matchup.
Golden State’s acquisition of Kevin Durant was the most notable. Apart from the obvious, the KD addition adds a rivalry within a rivalry in this already heated rivalry, as LeBron and Durant have some history together in the Finals.
Back in 2012, LBJ thoroughly outplayed KD in what was a relatively easy 5-game Miami Heat victory, LeBron capturing his first ring in the process. Durant vowed that he’d make it back to that stage, presumably in a rematch with the King, but was never able to as a member of the Thunder. We may be in for something special between these two individuals come June.
They already gave us a glimpse of what’s to come with this epic 1st quarter sequence.
James also made up for his missed poster on Draymond in the waning moments of Game 7 by throwing down this vicious two-hander over both Green and Durant to break the 103-103 tie.
And it’s also worth noting that Richard Jefferson, who gave the Cavs fantastic minutes throughout the Finals, and who also was said to be retiring in the offseason, found new life in his legs, baptizing both Durant and Klay Thompson on separate plays in the 4th.
Needless to say, Twitter had a field day with the Thompson posterization at the expense of Jefferson.
When the 11th grade Earth Science teacher dunks on you at the Faculty/Student game. pic.twitter.com/EFWi47gJOc
— Meelz (@MeelzTV) December 25, 2016
So come June, we should expect the same fireworks from these two that we’re accustomed to. But don’t be surprised if we get a little something extra this time.