Tony, Romona and Mark preview Game 3 of the NBA Finals — OVERTIME
Jun 07 2018
In Wednesday night's Game 3, finished just an hour before, James scored 33 points (in logging a 10th career National Basketball Association finals triple-double), limited Warriors star Steph Curry to just one three-point shot and still Cleveland lost, 110-102.
Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers in Golden State's Game 2 win, and the Warriors, who live by a "Strength In Numbers" slogan, could get back forward Andre Iguodala for Game 3.
The refs changed a Kevin Durant charge into a LeBron James blocking foul in the waning moments of Game 1, giving the Golden State Warriors two free points and drastically changing the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers duke it out in a pivotal Game 3 of the NBA Finals at the Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday night.
It was another dagger in the title hopes of Cleveland star LeBron James, who had 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while Kevin Love added 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Cavaliers. Unfortunately, even if the role players for Cleveland do step up tonight, Golden State should be getting more help of their own.
"Holding Steph to 11 points and Klay to 10, you would think you would win that game".
Led by Durant, the Warriors did what they do in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavs 31-23 to take an 83-81 lead heading into the fourth.
"That was awesome what he did out there tonight", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Durant postgame. He said Tuesday that he doesn't know if he'll stay there for Game 3 in Cleveland on Wednesday night. Golden State took a lead it would not surrender with 45 seconds left, when Durant hit a 26-foot jumper in front of James for a one-point lead. "I finally got Game 1 out of my head".
Back in 2016, the Cavs were on top of the National Basketball Association world, celebrating a championship with a parade that filled the streets of downtown Cleveland after their historic comeback led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. He had just two points in the first half of Game 3 and was 0-for-5 on 3-point attempts when the Warriors went to the locker room at halftime trailing 58-52. With King James playing like he is, Golden State knows they can not sleep on this Cleveland squad. When I wake up Friday morning I'll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. The Warriors have a 123.6 offensive rating in two Finals games, shooting 38.9 percent from three-point range. "He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen".
The Warriors have a 3-0 lead for the second straight year. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year.
"We've been very persistent and very resilient throughout this whole season, no matter what has been going on", James said.