No longer National Basketball Association champions, Cavaliers are now chasing Warriors

The Wizards don't have as clear a path to success as the Celtics, nor as savvy a front office, but their starting five is as good as any team in the East - save for Cleveland - and some smart moves to sure up the bench could be the difference maker to at least get Washington a crack at the Cavs. Replaying the final 2 minutes, 20 seconds of Game 3 would certainly yield a different outcome more often than not. Indeed, sometimes lost in all the chatter about a possible Warriors dynasty is the fact that Golden State plays attractive, often generous team ball. He was also a key factor in Durant choosing to join the Warriors, because he framed it as a chance to grow and evolve as a person, as well as a player.

A list of some teams, now including the Warriors, who have permanent places on the list of National Basketball Association greats.

All-Stars that season: Cousy, Russell, Sam Jones, Heinsohn, coach Red Auerbach.

But that idea fizzled fast when the Warriors opened with a pair of lopsided wins at home, fought back late to steal the next game in Cleveland and then, after dropping their first game of the postseason, closed out the series at home. Despite intense scrutiny, he had one goal in mind - to go to the best place where he could finally earn a championship ring and avenge his embarrassing 2012 NBA Finals loss to LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

The Cavaliers' season is over. He acquired veterans J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in 2015, fired coach David Blatt and promoted Tyronn Lue midway through the '16 season and added Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut this year. Abdul-Jabbar was the league's MVP and scoring champion, averaging 31.7 points. Then it was Golden State's turn again, taking the title in five games. Led the league with 121 points per game while outscoring opponents by 12.3 per night behind their potent backcourt of Goodrich and West, who each averaged almost 26 points to rank in the league's top six. And he knew it just as well as we do.

"LeBron and Kyrie I've never seen nothing like them two before".

What made them great: Set an National Basketball Association record by going 40-1 at home during the last of Bird's three straight MVP seasons. "I'm really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I've been". Overcame a 63-point performance from Michael Jordan in a first-round sweep of Chicago, but had to settle for beating Houston in the NBA Finals after the Rockets knocked off the hated Lakers in the West finals. We recently learned the Warriors had similar plans, with Draymond Green calling Warriors' GM Bob Myers and Kevin Durant immediately following the heartbreaking Game 7 loss. Jordan led the league in scoring and Rodman in rebounding, and their three stars were perhaps the league's best defensive players at their positions, making it almost impossible to score against the Bulls at times.

It's always possible the Spurs go to a point guard again, as they may lose Patty Mills in free agency.

That would be his mom, Wanda Durant, who he proclaimed was the "real MVP" immediately after winning the award of regular season MVP in 2014.

Future Hall of Famers on team: To be determined.

Smith: They played great. They finished one victory short of the NBA's first flawless postseason, but bounced back from their Game 4 loss to Cleveland in the NBA Finals with another high-scoring performance.

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