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I’ve been dead since July 4, 2016 but kudos to the Warriors

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Feltbot: Kevin Durant’s Legacy Just Died He’s now just the guy between Harrison Barnes and Andrew Wiggins. Kevin Durant: I’ve been dead since July 4, 2016, but congratulations to the dubs and my boy Steezy, a Fillmore legend, the man has waited his whole life for a parade down Market Street.
Source: Twitter @KDTrey5

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Bob Myers deserves a big raise. Over the past decade he has been: Drafted by Draymond. Signed Steph to a $44 million extension that got Iguodala and KD in. Kerr has hired. Didn’t just let KD walk; traded it for what became Wiggins & Kuminga. Brought 4 rings at bay. Cha Ching. – 3:02 p.m.

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Lev Akabas @LevAkabas
30-5-5 on 60% true shooting in an NBA Finals series win:
1991 MJ
2017 K.D.
2021 Giannis
2022 Steph – 2:07 p.m.

StatMuse @statmuse
Most clutch baskets over the past 10 playoffs:
62-Stephen Curry
59—LeBron James
54 — Kevin Durant
49 — Kawhi Leonard
#MuseTakeover @WarriorsMuse pic.twitter.com/GM5B92xQmU1:57 p.m.

Sam Amick @sam_amick
An inside look at the perseverance of the Draymond Green-Warriors partnership and an unforgettable air journey, to @TheAthletic
They talked about life, children, marriage. And yes, even the Durant-Green pod which was bigger than they had let on at the time.
theathletic.com/3370777/2022/0… – 10:51 a.m.

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
8. Duke
9. Each
10. Kobe
I would put Steph Curry 11th, just outside and now a spot above Kevin Durant. pic.twitter.com/MR09x3aBsH10:46

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Averages per game of Kevin Durant against Boston in the first round:
26.3 points
5.8 rebounds
1.8 did 3PT
42.8% eFG%
5.3 turnover
Averages per game of Steph Curry against Boston in the NBA Finals:
31.2 points
6.0 rebounds
5.2 does 3PTs
59.5% eFG%
2.5 rotations – 10:28

Vincent Goodwill @Vince Goodwill
Asked by@YahooSportsif he wanted to win without Kevin Durant,
Steph Curry: “Of course…” the Petty King remembering everything, and even having a few green t-shirts that say “Ayesha can’t cook” sports.yahoo.com/nba-finals-ste… – 09:00

Mark Dek @MarkDeeksNBA
Golden State aged, slowed down, changed Kevin Durant for Andrew Wiggins and still won the title. – 7:09

Lev Akabas @LevAkabas
Multi-time leading scorers for the NBA Finals-winning team since 1970:
GM (6x)
LeBron (4x)
Karim (3x)
Each (3x)
Duke (3x)
Stephen (2x)
KD (2x)
Kobe (2x)
Hakim (2x)
Parker (2x)
Share mainly because Magic and Bird are not on this list but Tony Parker is 🤯 – 01:14

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Steph Curry defeats a team in the Finals that swept Kevin Durant.
Steph without KD
– 2 Titles
– 3 Final trips
– 2 MVPs
– 12-3 series WL
KD without Steph
– 0 titles
– 1 Final trip
– 1 MVP
– 11-8 series WL
The overall body of the word replaces what happened in 2017 and 2018. – 01:01

Chris Palm @ChrisPalmerNBA
The Warriors won a ring ahead of Kevin Durant. They won a ring with Kevin Durant. They won a ring after Kevin Durant. – 00:14

Aaron J. Fentress @AaronJFentress
My god, Jeff Van Gundy Warriors winning without Durant is NOT remarkable. They won a title before Durant and had a 73-game season before Durant. 🤦🏽‍♂️- 00:00

StatMuse @statmuse
KD really left that for Kyrie pic.twitter.com/882WTKCXPd11:59 p.m.

Carl Stewart @stewardsfolly
Nothing against Kevin Durant, who was great here, but the Warriors also exorcised the ghost of his departure. Most pundits thought Golden State’s title era was over the day he left. Almost everyone, in fact, including me. This is what makes this championship so remarkable. – 11:54 p.m.

Dan Favale @danfavale
“steph needed kd to lift him past lebron… but the celtics literally handed him those two trophies” pic.twitter.com/FtByyzn7ac11:42 p.m.

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Kevin Durant trending tonight so fuck it, I’ll share.
I just made my first futures bet of the 2022-23 season. pic.twitter.com/TNNrLy09n511:37 p.m.

Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Total NBA Finals games with 30+ points, 5 three-pointers and 5 rebounds:
Stephen Curry: 6
All other players in NBA history COMBINED: 6
(LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, Rashard Lewis and Kobe Bryant each have such a game) – 11:36 p.m.

StatMuse @statmuse
Fun fact: The final 5 MVPs in the Finals are the final 5 MVPs in the All-Star Game.
LeBron (’18 ASG MVP, ’20 FMVP)
Durant (’19 ASG MVP, ’18 FMVP)
Kawhi (’20 ASG MVP, ’19 FMVP)
Giannis (’21 ASG MVP, ’21 FMVP)
Steph (’22 ASG MVP, ’22 FMVP)
All of the LeBron team. pic.twitter.com/BmxoskST4411:31 p.m.

StatMuse @statmuse
Tatum had a wild ride in the playoffs:
— 1st in points
— 1st in assists
—ECF MVP
— Youngest ever with 600/100/100
—Beat KD, Giannis, Jimmy
– Fell 46 3-2 at Bucks
– Lost 13 assists on his finals debut
– Won 2 matches 7
Head held high. pic.twitter.com/Sc5w4gSoHK11:29 p.m.

Damichael Cole @DamichaelC
It was a bad breakup, but yeah…Draymond Green was right that the Warriors didn’t need KD. – 11:27 p.m.

Josh Newman @Joshua_Newman
Durant blah blah blah.
This Warriors outfit is a dynasty for all time. – 10:38 p.m.

Dan Favale @danfavale
steph curry never *needed* an mvp from the finale, not for his legacy, not to prove anything unrelated to kd, not even to silence the talking heads and soldiers of the commitment who insisted that he do so.
he went out and got one anyway. – 10:38 p.m.

StatMuse @statmuse
Steph Curry has 5 games with 5+ 3 only since this year’s final.
That’s as much as Ray Allen and Kevin Durant have in their combined careers. pic.twitter.com/GMRPuzXN0c10:37 p.m.

Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Steph wins the MVP Finals and also rightfully claims those “won” by iggy and KD – 10:37 p.m.

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