I don't want to take anything away from Kevin Durant. After all, he already lost all credit for what is about to be a season that culminates with him walking away with his first championship as the unquestionable NBA Finals MVP the second he signed with a team that was a dick punch away from back-to-back tittles without him. Plus - as casual as that game winning shot looked last night - it took massive balls. The difference between this year and last year came through in the biggest of ways when his team needed him the most, so there's nothing I can do but tip my cap to a great player making a great play when the pressure had peaked. That said, as clutch as it was, didn't it all still feel sort of inevitable? Perhaps it's a product of Kevin Durant being a 7 foot physical specimen that is somehow capable of making everything look effortless, but - for a hard fought game that they were losing for a vast majority of the final minutes - having it end in their favor still seemed easy for the Warriors.
Consider this: The Cavaliers had everything working for them last night. The role players who looked lost in Golden State returned from their sabbatical of being completely unsupportive to hit shots. LeBron James was LeBron James. Kyrie Irving was in one of those zones where he makes your head spin so many times that it hasn't even rotated a full 360 degrees before he's making another play that has you looking like the demonized girl in 'The Exorcist'. They were undeniable on the right side of a vast majority of the whistles. Cleveland couldn't have asked for a better set of circumstances, and when push finally came to shove...when the Warriors finally took back a one point lead...with under a minute remaining...Steph Curry instantly decided to pop a squatty over an invisible potty while pretending to defecate on their front court...
I know that professional athletes deal with pressure much differently. However, I don't think I am going on to weak of a limb when I say that the guy who reacted to a lead changing shot that he didn't even make by dropping a faux-deuce on the hardwood instead of getting back on defense wasn't exactly feeling anything other than the sudden urge to poop on the Cavaliers pride. Golden State knows how good they are and thus knows how large their margin for error is. You don't have to believe me though, because Steph Curry engaging in shitty charades before the game was anywhere near over couldn't be more symbolic of a team that literally looks like it doesn't believe it can crap out anything other than victories.