3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors

Aubrey Yates
June 8, 2018

The reigning National Basketball Association champions earned that opportunity by taking a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Finals over host Cleveland with a 110-102 victory in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

LeBron James might be playing his "last" game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the National Basketball Association superstar prepares to become a free agent on July 1.

"I don't understand how, in order to talk about how great LeBron is we need to s-- on everybody else", Bryant said. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game.

So this series is just about finished, or at least, that's what the history books say.

If Lue were to return next season (no one has said he won't, and in fact owner Dan Gilbert tweeted support for Lue during Game 1 of the Finals) and James is gone and maybe Love, it would obviously be an entirely different job. "We had our chances".

Cleveland came ready to play and got the game started with a 16-4 run.

In Kevin Durant's two years with the Golden State Warriors, there may not be a better example of the lift he has provided the team than Game 3 of the NBA Finals. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him could have made those shots".

It was a sense of deja vu as the reigning Finals MVP produced a similarly dominant performance in Game 3 of last year's Finals too. James and Kevin Love looked stunned by Durant's shot and sounded resigned during their postgame news conferences. As everyone knows, this will be Cleveland's last stand.

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The Cavaliers had been 8-1 at home in the playoffs with eight wins in a row since losing their first-round opener to Indiana.

"We're going to keep fighting", Tristan Thompson said. "We just don't know". For the team, another title would solidify them as one of the greatest teams in National Basketball Association history, and for superstars like Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, another ring will boost their already stellar all-time resumes and push them closer to the top of the mountain. "That's just who they are at that point". The Golden State Warriors would defeat LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers one game later at home to win the championship.

"That's not setting a good precedent for me if I'm like, 'Man, I'm taking 10, '" NBC Sports reports him saying. "But I'll be in the lineup on Friday".

"We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this series and we haven't come up with it", James said. "And then he was the story in the second half as well, closing it out".

But the Warriors - despite not shooting well from the three-point line - used inside scoring to take the lead.

For the Cavaliers, it was a carbon copy of a gut punch after they led by as many as 13 points early. Kevin Love drilled a tone-setting three-point on the first possession, sending the crowd into fits, and J.R. Smith, who most definitely did not enjoy his trip to Oakland, hit one soon thereafter. "He always finds a way to make big plays even on his toughest nights".

Curry had 11 points while McGee, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Jordan Ball all had 10 for the Warriors.

He was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP when the Warriors outlasted the Cavaliers in six games.

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