The defending champion Golden State Warriors overcame a hot start by the Cleveland Cavaliers to earn a 110-102 victory on Wednesday and take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven NBA Finals. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131. "But Friday morning when I wake up, I'll be locked in and ready for Game 4".
"I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Bay Area News Group. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him".
But Smith claims the Warriors believe James will leave Cleveland.
Following Wednesday's loss, in which he earned a triple-double, James compared facing the Warriors to what National Football League teams go through when playing against Bill Belichick and the dynastic New England Patriots. You can't have mistakes. "You can't have miscommunication, you can't have lulls, you can't have "my faults" or "my bads" and things like that because they are going to make you pay".
Only Durant kept the game from being a first-half blowout.
Perkins spoke - in his own unique way - about Durant in the wake of his 43-point Game 3 performance. The Cavaliers had that tonight, with Kevin Love working well in the post and finishing with 20 points.
Durant's final points came on a 3-pointer that was shot a few feet back from the spot he pulled up from in Game 3 of last year's Finals.
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Golden State made up the deficit and then some to begin the third quarter.
Just when it seemed as if the Cavaliers might win their first game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant hit a 3-point dagger from the wing for the second year in a row, prompting Warriors teammate Draymond Green to roar and silencing a deafening crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. Curry was 3-for-16 and Thompson was 4-for-11, but Durant was so good it didn't matter.
The Cavaliers took a gamble by playing Hood - who had barely played against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals or in their first two Finals games - in place of the cold-shooting Jordan Clarkson, and Hood, for the most part, paid dividends.
The result was one of the greatest, most lethal, and most efficient Finals games in National Basketball Association history. "This has been our game plan the whole series, and we failed to do that in the fourth quarter".
Once again, the Cavaliers held a distinct rebounding advantage, 47-37, and outscored Golden State on second-chance opportunities, 19-9.
Of course, Durant's value is obvious in every game. "But we've got to come out and got to play 48 minutes". The Warriors are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings, the favorite is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings. "We had a lot of lapses on the defensive end trying to switch and guys getting layups and dunks". "We're one game away from elimination".
There are nights when the Warriors win by the grace of their fluid offensive scheme, and others when they rely on the singular exploits of Kevin Durant.