"That's just who I am". (Spoiler alert: They don't).
Nor after everything James said in his unforgettable "I'm Coming Home" essay he co-wrote with Lee Jenkins for Sports Illustrated in July 2014.
The Warriors continue to rack up Ws even when Durant is not the guy leading the charge.
After Durant scored, Stephen Curry and Draymond surrounded Durant and screamed at their teammate, who calmly walked toward the bench.
The 2017-18 MVP favorite is certain to be courted by a number of teams in the league as he is showing no signs of slowing down despite being a veteran. Agreeing to such terms allowed the team to retain forward Andre Iguodala and backup point guard Shaun Livingston. Yes, they led for the majority of Game 3.
The Warriors, a 73-win defending champ that had a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Finals, added the second-best player in the world in free agency two summers ago, and their opponents' margin for error went from slim to, well, not quite none, but pretty darn close.
It's a harsh reality for a team that has ruled a conference for four years, but few perennial championship contenders have ever had a smooth fall from grace.
"It's part of my motivation to try to get back to this stage because I want more championships", he said. That's a good thing for us. If James winds up leaving for Cleveland as a second time as a free agent next month, that difference will be the reason.
No. 2 Golden State Warriors vs. Cleveland feeds off the thunder of their crowd, where they had won eight straight in the playoffs after dropping Game 1 of their first-round series with the Indiana Pacers, and the speakers in this three-tier arena downtown boomed. If not for some mental lapses in the first three games, the Cavaliers may have had a better shot.
Game 3 had the start the Cavaliers dreamed of - Love hits a three, J.R. Smith hits a three, more importantly the Cavaliers corralled three offensive rebounds and forced three Warriors turnovers. He knew 50 seconds still remained and his shot put the Warriors up by six points. It was eerily reminiscent of the three-point bomb he hit in the face of James in Game 3 of last year's Finals which, like this one, gave the Warriors a daunting 3-0 series lead.
Therefore, more adjustments are needed and Cleveland must work with what they have.
Durant is finishing the first year of a discounted two-year, $51 million deal with the Warriors that included an opt-out clause for the 2018-19 season. We've been in a position where we could win two out of these three games.
Now the Warriors are just one win away from a champagne-drenched locker room. Meanwhile the Patriots have played in three of the last four Super Bowls, winning two of them - although they have faced three different opponents in each of those games. It's like playing San Antonio. "You can't have mistakes". Cleveland, on the other hand, needs James to play every relevant second of every single game to have a chance.