Warriors have LeBron, Cavs on ropes after going up 3-0

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving drives on Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the second half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. That sloppiness was countered by a blistering 3-point assault.

"That's what we want", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday, his version of taking one win at a time. Green was blamed in part for the Warriors' collapse previous year after getting suspended for Game 5 after getting tagged for his fourth flagrant-foul point of the playoffs.

Asked if he thought the Warriors had taken the best shot Cleveland had to give, James said, "It's so hard to say, but for me personally, I gave everything I had, so win, lose or draw you live with the results".

But the game wasn't decided in those final moments, it was decided during LeBron's time off the floor. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.4 rebounds per game.

So, what does Cleveland need to do to win on Wednesday night and make this a series? On the other hand, LeBron's points and aggressiveness mostly came in the first half, when the stakes are at their lowest. In part that was because Klay Thompson was white hot early and had 16 in the first quarter including going 4-of-5 from three.

The Warriors are now one away to get the National Basketball Association 2017 Finals trophy and have an undefeated postseason record, which has never been done before in National Basketball Association history.

He's just going up against a better team. And then the back and forth began. "And that's why a lot of people around the league think the end game for this is that one of these guys will be traded at some point down the line". A minute later, a Thompson three sliced the lead to one. After a missed corner three from Kyle Korver on a kick-out pass from James, Durant smoothly came down and buried the dagger to give the Warriors their first lead all fourth quarter.

Enter, Durant. With a 1:15 left, Durant knocked down a 13-footer to cut the lead to two. "They do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo and just made some big-time plays down the stretch".

Cleveland had looked like they might prevail when they were ahead by six points with three minutes to play but Kevin Durant led the Warriors on an impressive 11-0 run to close out the game. "K.D. comes down, hits a big three, puts them up one, iso on the wing".

"I've been working on that shot my whole life", said Durant, who has averaged 34 points through the first three games of the Finals. "It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career", said James.

"It definitely hurts", Irving said.

"So you get down in the fourth quarter, it's a five-point game with six minutes left, you don't say, oh, man, we're down five, you just say there's a ton of time left and let's execute".

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