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Warriors Close In On Dynasty As LeBron James Prepares For Another Decision

Alex Donno
June 07, 2018 - 10:06 am
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On Wednesday night, we finally saw a "Kevin Durant game" in these NBA Finals. The 2017 Finals MVP had been quiet for much of the postseason to this point, but blew up for a career-playoff-high 43 points with 13 rebounds and 7 assists. His Warriors took a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Cavaliers, and can close things out on Friday night. 

And when they win this series, these Warriors will have three championships in four seasons. You can call that a dynasty.

Even the Miami Heat's "Big 3" only managed to collect two championships from their four straight finals appearances. Miami's run was captivating, but it wasn't dynastic. Kobe's Lakers, Jordan's Bulls, Magic's Lakers... those were dynasties. You can get ready to add KD, Steph, Klay and Draymond's Warriors to that conversation - and they likely aren't done yet. 

The Warrior's nucleus is young enough still to rule over this NBA for another half decade at least. Part of what makes this team so frightening is the fact that they can beat anyone in the league even if one of their best players isn't in top form. I mentioned finally seeing KD step up and dominate in Game 3. His team took Game 1 despite him being practically invisible that night. While he played better in game 2, it was Steph Curry stealing the show that evening with an NBA Finals record 9 three pointers. The Warriors are so stacked that Durant can keep his team afloat by dominating just 33-percent of the time. 

Meanwhile, LeBron James needs to be flawless every game to even give his Cavaliers a chance to beat the Warriors. His 51 points in Game 1 weren't enough. His triple double (33 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) in Game 3 only got his team to an 8-point margin of defeat. 

King James is not only the best player in this series, but the best player in the world. However, he won't knock these Golden State Warriors off their throne without a change of scenery and a change of supporting cast. 

Joining Chris Paul and James Harden in Houston could be enticing if the Rockets can clear the cap space. He could stay in the East by joining Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia. 

Or perhaps James and Paul George join the Lakers together as free agents. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that James and George will meet this summer to discuss exactly that. Alone, neither of them, even James, makes LA a contender, but perhaps together they can push Golden State to the brink. 

He has options, and it's difficult to imagine LeBron deciding that staying in Cleveland is the right choice to make. We are heading towards another Decision. Will he pick the bright lights of Hollywood, the youth and potential of the Sixers, or the allure of Houston?

Get your popcorn ready.