Before Kevin Durant’s cold-blooded dagger three, in the remaining seconds of game three in the NBA finals, Lebron James is already facing a cloud of uncertainty. No matter how they tried to force their game plan on the Warriors, beyond words or comprehension they still have one question to answer… Kevin Durant.
The Cavaliers in game two, put Durant into the defensive end, KD got into foul trouble and that was the only superficial solution Cleveland can come up to get the score competitive. Truth be told Kevin Durant is on a rampaged – a built up anger that has been slowly etching out after five years of frustrations. Now Lebron is feeling the wrath, and climbing up a 0-3 hole seemed more impossible now than last year’s 1-3 historical run.
In the law of cause and effect, Lebron has caused this emergence of imbalance in the NBA. He had created this environment where Superstars gave up their loyalty for rings and money. His decision to leave Cleveland early on his career to form a super team in Miami have now haunted him. With all his greatness and flaws, Lebron’s throne who had been unscathed and unquestioned for years has slowly lost its power. The Warriors team now are tougher and stronger, and Kevin Durant has challenged Lebron’s supremacy. The alpha dog has found its match and with bigger and deeper arsenal this time.
Winning four consecutive games would be a feat no team has done in the NBA, and Lebron will have to dig deep to bring back the balance.
One game and one opportunity left, 3 unfruitful games and yet the Cavaliers still had no answer for Kevin Durant. With all the talks about Lebron being compared to Michael Jordan, winning this NBA final would solidify and silence all his critics. All he had to do is win four games.
Nobody has done it, and from the looks of KD’s eyes, not now and not ever.