Warriors are 7-2 vs. Cavs since adding Kevin Durant to their team
They meet again.
The Golden State Warriors cemented their fourth consecutive matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals after winning Game 7 against the Houston Rockets on Monday. It was what everyone predicted in the beginning of the season, but was in legitimate danger of going another way.
But now Part 4 of this rivalry is set to begin on Thursday, and people are already picking the Warriors in a low number of games. Part of the reason for that could be because of a guy named Kevin Durant.
Since the Warriors signed Durant before last season, they have dominated the Cavaliers (and pretty much every other team in the league). They are 7-2 against the Cavs since he joined, and have beaten them by more than 15 points in every game, per Fast Break on Twitter.
Since Durant joined the Warriors, they're 7-2 against Cleveland, and have won those games by an average of 15.3 points.
— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) May 29, 2018
Durant is one of the best players to ever participate in professional basketball. He very well could win his second straight title, along with a second Finals MVP award.
There’s an argument to be made that great players rise to the occasion when competing against the best. Durant is definitely a completive player, and perhaps that is the reason for the way he plays against the Cavs.
LeBron James is still the best player in the NBA, but there was a time people thought it was Durant. That definitely would be a motivating factor for a competitive player like Durant.
At the same time, Durant is a very good player who performs well against everyone. But he was eliminated in the playoffs by James before he was with the Warriors, and that grudge could still be there to this day.
The Finals should be fun.