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It’s now two straight NBA championships for the Golden State Warriors, and two consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards for the forward who played a huge role in getting them to those titles.
Durant scored 20 points in the Game 4 clincher Friday night, a 108-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers – but his series will be remembered most for what he did in Game 3. Durant scored 43 points in that game, including a 33-foot 3-pointer in the final minute to all but clinch the win for the Warriors.
Durant averaged 28.8 points in the series, along with 10.8 rebounds and 7.5 assists.
”It’s just about the journey, all season,” Durant said. ”Getting up every day, going to work with these guys Danny Shelton Jersey , it’s amazing. The environment is incredible. It’s good for you to be around guys like this. It helps you become a better basketball player and a better man.”
There were 11 voters for the MVP award; Durant got seven votes, Stephen Curry – who still doesn’t have a Finals MVP – got the other four.
”Does it matter? Does it? Does it?” Durant asked. ”We won two championships. We just won back-to-back. I don’t think anybody’s even worried about that type of stuff.”
Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time winner Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird Kellen Winslow Jersey , Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
He’s also the sixth player to win it in consecutive years, with Jordan, O’Neal, James, Olajuwon and Bryant being the others.
Since 2009 the award has been named for Celtics legend Bill Russell, the 11-time champion who surely would have won the award several times if it existed in his long run of finals dominance. The Finals MVP was first handed out in 1969 – Russell’s final season with the Celtics.
Durant is one of 31 players to win the award.
Eagles players Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long released statements earlier Wednesday, strongly criticizing the NFL’s new national anthem policy.
Jenkins said owners thwarted “the players鈥?constitutional rights to express themselves and use our platform to draw attention to social injustices like racial inequality in our country.”
Long accused owners of reacting to a “fear of a diminished bottom line Lorenzo Alexander Jersey ,” and a “fear of a president turning his base against a corporation.” He called the new policy a fail, saying, “I’m someone who’s always looked at the anthem as a declaration of ideals, including the right of peaceful protest. Our league continues to fall short on this issue.”
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement he was proud of his players for “working to influence positive change.” But he didn’t go as far as 49ers owner Jed York, who abstained in the vote, or Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, who declared that his team would not punish players for kneeling.
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