The Cleveland Cavaliers have had no answer for Golden State forward Kevin Durant in the 2017 NBA Finals, and that continued in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. Naturally, the Warriors have dominated in those games, defeating the Cavs 113-91 in Game 1 and 132-113 in Game 2. He's also facilitating much more, dishing out 10.5 assists this season- 3.7 more than he had in the Finals last year and considerably higher than the 6.3 he put up when the Warriors won the title two years ago. The Warriors capitalized on this and when all was said and done Kevin Durant had 31 Points on the night.
Cleveland leads 80-79 and Green's foul trouble has to be a little unnerving for the Warriors in their first road game of the Finals. I don't expect that to happen this year, but Cleveland should come out much stronger. Point guard Steph Curry scored 26 points and led the team in rebounding with 13. The over for Golden State and the Warriors against the spread have been an easy cash so far, but the payout isn't great on either.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. Durant added "they are still champions and we have to go out there and take it". Despite every sign from the first two games showing the Cavs to be outgunned in this arms race of jump shooters, I have a hard time doubting the best player I've ever seen with my own eyes.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that he would not be changing his starting line-up in Game Three despite suggestions he would start Iman Shumpert over J.R. Smith, who scored just three points in two games. But both played nearly the entire second half and couldn't close the deal in Game 3. But the Cavs persevered, played some good defense for most of the second quarter (save a run by Golden State before half), and are only six points down.
For most of the night, you could finally see how the Cleveland Cavaliers might shock the basketball world and these mighty Golden State Warriors again.
On Cleveland's next possession, Kyrie Irving's step-back three-pointer was off target.
In all I'd have to say that Game 3 really came down to the last 2 minutes. In doing so, he passed Elgin Baylor and Bill Russell on the career finals scoring list. "I think they went up big right away".
Irving's third quarter was the only reason the Cavaliers weren't out of it heading into the fourth. The Cavs didn't play a flawless game by any means, but they matched Golden State's barrage with phenomenal individual displays from James and Irving.
LeBron put together another herculean Finals effort - leading both squads with 39 points, his 12th 30-point game of the 2017 Playoffs but first in the series.
But Andre Iguodala, who has had a quiet postseason, made the biggest defensive play of the night, stripping LeBron and knocking it off his leg out of bounds.
The Warriors entered play as the best team in the National Basketball Association in the third quarter and had outscored the Cavs by 24 in the first two games. His five blocks in Game 2 carried an air of defiance.
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