Warriors parade set for Thursday in Oakland

Warriors Win 2017 NBA Championship

Warriors Win 2017 NBA Championship

It was a curious argument - teams generally do whatever they can to win - and Golden State, with Durant in the mix, treated their regular-season opponents like roadkill. He won a championship, and then we were close and didn't win one. Oakland is on top of the world. Determined to escape the clutches of LeBron James.

Game Five was the most anticipated in the NBA Finals, well since Game Four. While Oakland reigns, Cleveland has been reduced back to a meme-ified afterthought. Durant was accused by some of pursuing the easiest path to a championship. He averaged an absurd 42.4 minutes per game in the Finals, an incredibly taxing amount given the pressure of the situation and, of course, the opponent. Not Jordan, not Bird, not Magic.

There was only so much James could do to prevent the confetti from raining down the Oracle arena.

Rihanna also weighed in on the feud, re-posting a parody video made by a fan that featured Rihanna as Simba, Durant as Scar and Cavs star Lebron James as Mufasa from Disney's The Lion King. And it was just a matter of time before we were going to break through.

Adding a bit of history may tell a bit more on just how impressive this feat is.

During the 2016-17 season, the Cavs made 38.4 percent of their three-point shots and, on average, shot 33.9 of them each game, according to NBA.com stats. It's just that the idea of him being able to repeat the performance we just witnessed in the Finals is probably asking too much, even for a living legend. The Warriors look like they could be that kind of team.

These finals, James had a 63% true shooting (TS) percentage, 125 offensive rating (OffRtg) and 117 defensive rating (DefRtg) (Basically, the higher these numbers, the better you are).

This time around, he's eligible for a mega max that'll put his starting salary around an estimated $35.3 million and would net him around $205 million over five years - including an astounding $46.7 million in the final year - if he stays with the Warriors. It was even worse in 2014, with numbers of 48% TS and a 104 apiece on Off- and DefRtg.

Teams will try to get better three-point shooters. His secret? Do it like the Mamba.

"It's a panel", Livingston said.

With Durant, Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all under 30 years old, it would require a Dream Team to compete with these Warriors, who had a 16-1 postseason.

Durant ripped out the hearts of Oklahoma City Thunder fans previous year by leaving for the Oakland-based Warriors, which many considered the easiest route to an National Basketball Association title.

Or you can get off at the Rickmond or Coliseum stations and take BART. I'll have that mindset, KD will have that mindset, I know Andre, Shaun, all the guys up to renegotiate new contracts - we'll see what happens - but it's the beauty of what I know of this team.

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