And in both years, he delivered a classic shot: In 2017, Durant drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing as a dagger in Game 3.
But there was a silver lining for those fans after Golden State took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series.
Meanwhile, the Golden State Warriors are now just one win away from another NBA Championship after outlasting the Cavaliers in their own building. "So, definitely a different year, just overall, personally with injuries, as a team with dealing with injuries, dealing with the kind of expectations that have been placed on us from the outside and the noise around us as a team".
23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers defends a shot by Jordan Bell No. 2 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday in Cleveland, Ohio. "Because they're already more talented than you are, but they also have the minds behind it, too, and they also have the championship DNA". "We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this three-game series so far, and we haven't come up with it".
Against a team like the Warriors, James understands that making stupid mistakes simply can't happen. While there is some truth to it, Draymond Green believes that it is the team's IQ which has enabled them to be one of the best teams ever assembled. They went 7-10 in their final 17 games of the regular season. Durant carried them, though, finishing with a playoff career-high 43 points. That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.
He grinned wide and raised his eyebrows in awe at the magical sight, while Golden State Warriors players looked unimpressed beside him. "We've been in a position where we could win two out of these three games".
They went 67-15 on the way to the National Basketball Association title in 2015, matched that record on the way to another title last season and went 73-9 - the best record in league history - in 2016 only to fall short in the finals against Cleveland. He continued, "You know, it's a lot of things that we believe in as Americans that we don't feel you know, that he's for".
You really get the feeling that the Cavaliers missed out on a chance to make this competitive series after they blew Game 1 so I'm not surprised that they're now 48 minutes from a series sweep.