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Just one of the seven contests in the 2016 Finals was decided by fewer than 11 points, so it’s not as though this series wins the award on the basis of consistently competitive games. But when you consider all the factors that went into the second of four straight Finals meetings between the Cavs and Warriors, and when you also weigh the fallout, it’s hard to find a playoff series that meant more.
For starters, we’re dealing with the 73-9 Warriors here. They blitzed the league all year, amassing the most wins we’ve ever seen in a season as Stephen Curry drilled a record 402 three-point shots—crushing the record for makes (286) he set the season before by an incomprehensible 116 more treys. Curry also set the record for offensive box plus/minus that season (which still stands) and became the league’s first unanimous MVP.
Despite such a dominant campaign, Golden State fell behind 3-1 against the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals, only to surge back and a