NBA Finals 2017: Warriors vs. Cavaliers FREE livestream Game 3

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

For the record, LeBron has averaged 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.5 steals through the first two games of the NBA Finals, while Durant has averaged 35.5 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2.5 blocks and 1.5 steals.

The Cavaliers got everything they wanted. The sequence caused Green, after the Cavs called timeout, to skip all the way to center court, his arms flexed as he met Durant for a thunderous chest bump.

He has only played two games during the championship round this season so far but he is performing at a historically slow pace for his talent.

Smith drained a 3-pointer for the series' first basket, but hasn't scored since. Durant, Curry and mates are getting good looks either at the rim or from deep and rolling up the score. What I get most from this game is that the Cav's now know how to beat the Warriors.

Going into Game 3 a year ago, the odds implied about a 12 percent chance Cleveland could come back.

The Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 118-113 victory on Wednesday night.

The Warriors and Cavs will play again Friday, with Golden State looking for a sweep.

It wasn't that Smith or Kyle Korver provided help.

(If needed) - Monday, June 12: Cleveland at Golden State, 9 p.m.

Seemingly, history was on their side. They'd taken Game 3 against the Warriors in the previous two Finals.

They've also elevated to a plus-1000 (risking $1 to win $10) underdog in the series to Golden State's price of minus-2000 (risking $20 to win $1). For the Cavaliers the equation is simple, they must now win the remaining four games to retain their title.

There was some talk that guarding Durant had exhausted James out in Game 2, with the Cleveland Cavaliers star taking just six shots in the second half of the Game 2 loss. James opted for the setting because of his ire toward the National Basketball Association after he had to wait outside the interview room for prior sessions.

In the first half Wednesday, the Cavs learned a hard lesson that was reinforced in the final 74 seconds.

The Golden State Warriors have taken a 3-0 lead. He's been an wonderful player in this league for a long time and I think he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. He drifts back too deep behind the three point line, is not on his toes as Durant comes at him, and doesn't have the spring to effectively contest. Kyrie played his usual mediocre defense, contributing to Stephen Curry's own triple double.

But somehow at halftime, the Cavs regrouped. It makes the team one-dimensional and if the opponent can work as a cohesive unit, LeBron can, for the most part, be defended. It was so deafening in the Q that Kerr yelled at an official in the first half and went unheard. "Obviously I can play better and want to play better and will play better".

James suffered a scary moment late in the first quarter when he collapsed to the floor after running head-first into the shoulder of teammate Tristan Thompson, bringing a hush over what had been a raucous crowd.

Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27. But it was nearly as if those blows, those taunts by Green helped the Cavs remember what playing the Warriors requires. And as thrilling as the evening was, Durant was the difference.

And it won't likely be the last time Cavs fans will say that.

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