Friday, 19 October, 2018

Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead in NBA Finals

LeBron James is helped ot his feet by JR Smith and Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena in Oakland California on June 3 Golden State Warriors take 3-0 lead in NBA Finals
Betsy Taylor | 07 June, 2018, 11:44

What that edge means depends on one's perspective.

They were asking for trouble.

Durant then buried a 3-pointer from 33 feet out with 49.8 seconds remaining to essentially ice the game.

Curry is looking for his third championship in four years - all against Cleveland.

ReutersGolden State forward Andre Iguodala completed an individual workout pain-free on Saturday and is close to being cleared to return for the NBA Finals, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported Monday. "I don't buy this whole thing that he's playing with a bunch of garbage".

We'll examine all of that below.

Cleveland has endured injuries, trades, tragedy and drama for months. He had 24 points, eight rebounds in the first half. Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and George Hill-Cleveland's No.2 through No.4 scorers-are all averaging a combined 40.0 points, 17.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. LeBron conserved energy, making a lot of the same passes that he made in Game 2, but this time his teammates came through in the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena.

With the game hanging in the balance, Durant delivered an all-time, ice-in-his-veins pull-up three-pointer to effectively end the Cavs season. He can get easy shots as a result of the attention defenses pay Curry and Thompson.

Durant ripped away the Cavs' best shot to make this a competitive series Wednesday night.


For starters, it'd be hard to shoot much worse.

The Cavs could also have another scoring threat added to the rotation.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue after practice Tuesday said getting off to a fast start would be critical. Cleveland is expected to put Rodney Hood back into the rotation despite his postseason 15 percent shooting from downtown.

But will it be enough to keep pace with a Warriors team that's trending up in production and potentially health, too? He's scored a total of four points in this series for the Cavaliers.

And despite facing all the challenging elements of a hostile road environment, the Warriors won 110-102 in game three of the National Basketball Association finals to move within one victory of their second straight championship. But the Game 3 assault was more like a boa constrictor, slowly slithering around the Cavs scale-by-scale, squeezing until they gasped their final breath.

And if he scores 30 in Game 3 - or any postseason game for the rest of his career - he will break a tie with Michael Jordan for the most 30-point playoff games in league history. Kevin Durant almost single-handedly kept the Warriors in the game.

"Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him can hit them", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant. This trade would be great for the Mavs going forward and may be a good step towards helping Cleveland get over the Golden State hump.

Is it over? Does Cleveland still have a chance?

We'll guess this follows last year's script.

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