Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Game 3

Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Game 3

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. In NBA playoff history, teams down 3-0 are 0-131.

It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley.

Smith had 13 points and four rebounds in Game 3, but the Warriors' Kevin Durant overpowered the Cavs and nailed a clutch three in the final seconds of the game.

Golden State will get their first chance to close out the series on Friday in Cleveland.

As always Durant stayed cool.

"That's the challenge right there", he said softly about the Warriors and their four stars: Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green.

If he can, Cleveland's task of getting back into this series just got significantly harder - and it was already a tough task to begin with.

"No, not at all", he said.

Keep in mind, the Cleveland Indians game will be wrapping up as many Cavs fans head downtown.

Wednesday was the 103rd consecutive game the 33-year-old James has played between the regular season and playoffs combined, without taking a game off because of rest or injury. I don't want to take that for granted; don't get me wrong.

Even Curry's high-volume, low-efficiency game alone would sink most teams. If it weren't for Durant going on an absolute heater in Game 3, the Cavs would have won that game, too. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast. He notched 10 points on 4-for-11 shooting.

Cleveland might've missed their chance to steal a victory over Golden State in the series opener when George Hill missed a potential game-winning free throw and J.R. Smith forgot the score with fewer than five seconds remaining in regulation.

Curry said the team has been on the same page after his comments previous year and Trump's subsequent revoking of the Warriors' invitation.

These Cavs can't figure it out.

Durant has made quite a career out of rising to the occasion.

Cleveland made an early push to turn Game 3 into a blowout, but Durant's spectacular shot-making wouldn't let that happen.

A glaring omission from that short list is of course, Durant's Finals opponent this year LeBron James. "The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made a year ago".

"He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league".

Durant had 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting, 6-of-9 from three, including the above dagger, plus 13 rebounds and seven assists to lead the Warriors to a 110-102 win.

People are considering this to be the greatest playoff run of James' career as he has had to carry his team to this stage.

The Warriors had other plans.

That's life against the Warriors, who have more horsepower than an Aston Martin. He can get easy shots as a result of the attention defenses pay Curry and Thompson.

Cavaliers: Kyle Korver continued to struggle.

In Games 1 and 2 in these Finals LeBron has shot 55.7 percent from the field and 45.4 percent from long distance.

They got the triple-double from James. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances. At home, he set up his teammates slightly more but posted similar stats of 27.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.7 assists per game. "Kevin Durant was my answer", James said.

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