Kevin Durant's presence puts Cavs in a near-impossible situation against Warriors
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 08, 2018,
Jun 08, 2018, 1:27
LeBron, now second-running with 85 3-pointers, is also still playing in the Finals, although its hard to imagine him retaking the record considering that Curry is a far more prolific outside shooter.
The Cavaliers, who were powered by a 33-point performance from LeBron James, will now try to become the first National Basketball Association team to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win a series. He scored 51 points, his career playoff high, while shooting almost 60 percent to go with eight rebounds and eight assists in Game 1.
LeBron James might be playing his "last" game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the National Basketball Association superstar prepares to become a free agent on July 1. More importantly, Curry has helped Golden State take a 2-0 series lead, and its extremely unlikely voters would honor a losing player. But the Warriors closed each period with a run that got them right back into striking distance.
For a Toronto-based sports writer, it is an odd feeling to come to Cleveland and see the home team as heavy underdogs.
It's a notion that later made Durant laugh.
The Raptors' oh-fer here doesn't even quite explain the level of dominance. They dominated the offensive glass by a margin of 15-6.
Iguodala was injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets. They failed to convert, and the miscue set up the Pats for an end-of-half touchdown that gave New England a commanding 17-0 lead. They're going to find any little crack to play through.
The Cavaliers' next-door neighbors planned to attend Game 3.
"As usual he hit a big one", Kerr said.
This is the great thing about Golden State's looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title for a third time in the last four years. The rims are supposed to be the same, but the results are quite different. You know what I'm saying?
To win any NBA Finals game, on the road, when LeBron James has a triple-double, when they trailed most of the night, when the deficit was as many as 13 early, when Curry and Thompson shot a combined 7 for 27 ... only a Superteam can pull that off. With numerous Warriors struggling to make shots, the Cavaliers were able to get out to a 13-point lead, 50-37, with 4:06 left to play.
For Curry and sharpshooter Klay Thompson, Game 3 was a nightmare, at least until the final moments.
In the fourth, seemingly neither team could wrestle control of the game away the other side. With 49.8 seconds on the clock, he hit a three-pointer from 33-feet out to put the Warriors on top, 106-100.
Up Next - The Wine & Gold will try to extend their season on Friday night when they play Game 4 at The Q. If they're able to do so, it's back to Oakland for Game 5 the following Monday (6/11) with Game 6 back in The Land on Thursday night (6/14).