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Cavs face critical Game 3 in NBA Finals on TSN

07 Juin 2018

LeBron James drilled a three-pointer of his own to get Cleveland back to within one.

Iguodala's absence has been a significant loss for Golden State, as the Warriors have struggled to find a solid fifth player to insert into their lineup alongside the team's four all-stars: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant.

After years of battling with the San Antonio Spurs dynasty, led by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and five-time National Basketball Association champion Tim Duncan, James now is facing arguably the best team in league history in the Golden State Warriors.

Hopefully he and his teammates are able to do the improbable and come back from their 0-2 deficit to win the championship this season.

Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James.

Golden State is just too good and too deep for the Cavs, who are too often exposed as a one-man team powered by James. "You can't have mistakes".

They were asking for trouble.

But on social media, much of the chatter early in the evening was about LeBron James' first-quarter dunk.

Golden State will secure the title if they win game four on Friday night, again in Cleveland. Kevin Durant almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game.

With less than a minute left in the first half, Iguodala went to the locker room with a right leg contusion.

His last one with 3:30 remaining in the quarter made history and the Warriors went on to win Game 2, 122-103. But with just under three minutes left, the Warriors started to take control.

"This is the beauty of this team and the luxury that we have of having multiple big-time scorers", Kerr said. "But tonight we weren't that good".

But the Warriors proceeded to close the opening stanza on a 10-4 run - getting to within six at the break and eventually taking the lead in the third quarter. We'll get into that, and more, in our Game 2 takeaways.

In the fourth, seemingly neither team could wrestle control of the game away the other side.

That's because Durant was lights out, hitting at will from every spot on the floor.

A big component of the difference in his scoring can be explained by looking at how much more often he gets to the free-throw line while playing in front of a home crowd in Cleveland. Since joining the Warriors, he had connected on only two 3s from 30-plus feet and had never done it a couple of times in game throughout his career.

"We've been doing a lot of that as of late, encouraging each other, but also kind of pinpointing things that we see. I think everybody gets excited for the small parts of the game, and Steph is one of those guys that just brings that joy".

Cavs face critical Game 3 in NBA Finals on TSN