LeBron James goes down after collision with Tristan Thompson

Solenn Plantier
Juin 8, 2017

After the warp-speed Golden State Warriors overran the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first two games of the NBA Finals, with Durant averaging 35.5 points in the wins, one of the trending topics has been whether James is being worn down in trying guard the 7-footer.

That's been quite evident through two games.

Mike Fratello, a former Cavaliers coach, said he would try to slow Golden State down by having the Cavaliers be more judicious with their possessions.

James went down midway through the first quarter of Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday after colliding with Tristan Thompson.

The Cavaliers had been 12-1 in the playoffs this year until facing the Warriors.

"That's what they do", James said. "I've played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower". We got to this point playing our way.

Situations like that are where the Warriors can be so deadly. The game analysis only included games played in the player's time zone, in order to avoid the potential data disruption of time-change fatigue.

Lue knows it and has stressed it multiple times already. "If you make a mistake - like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again". Their research showed that late-night tweeting meant players took subsequently fewer shots, had fewer rebounds, made fewer steals, and blocked less efficiently.

Being careful with the basketball is a common theme, but Kyrie Irving has noticed another chink in the Cavaliers' armor. Late night Twitter, it turns out, doesn't just make us normals miserable - it can foul up a top athlete's performance.

"A lot of people said we couldn't".

Irving hit the nail on the head.

However, the Cavs countered in Game 2 by lulling the Warriors to sleep and slipping some of those screens to catch them offguard.

Golden State and Game 3s go together like oil and water. They're not being aggressive enough, they're shooting poorly (33 percent) and they're not doing their job on the defensive end.

Irving didn't let that happen. "It was 2-0 a year ago, we lost". "And it could change in a matter of freakin' 30 seconds with this team". Not after getting this close, not after enduring so much heat for turning his back on the Thunder, not with a chance to put the Cavaliers in an insurmountable hole. It's not going to happen all at once.

"I would imagine Kyrie's going to come out and have a great game", Love said. In the Warriors case, the difference between a sweep and seven games is north of $20 million.

In the second quarter, we saw the rare Kyle Korver dunk.

"We've got to play with pace".

But with Durant now playing the best basketball of his career as his continues his quest for his first title, he's reopened the opportunity to be considered the best in the world, while taking down the player who currently holds that title- his career rival.

"There's an eight on the stat sheet that I need to correct", he said.

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