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Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

08 June 2018, 01:00 | Anna Jefferson

NBA Finals 2018: Warriors vs. Cavs Game 3 Updates

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

Game 3 went down as a loss, and now the Cavaliers find themselves in the hole from which no National Basketball Association team has ever escaped.

"I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told Bay Area News Group. Three. Point switching. We didn't come together on [defensive] switching. "You play more games at home than you do on the road as far as in certain arenas". The pair scored just 21 points, though the rotten shooting was offset by Curry, who made two of the most important plays of the game, a flip layup off a feed from Draymond Green with just under three minutes to play, and a 3-pointer seconds later that gave the Warriors a 101-97 lead. As Ben Rohrbach of Yahoo Sports noted, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on First Take that LeBron James would have a conversation with Golden State regarding his own impending free agency this offseason.

Smith finally made somewhat of an impact on the game, scoring 13 on 3-of-10 shooting from distance. "I guess because you are comfortable", he said.

Despite the magnitude of his 3-pointer, Durant acted like he had been there before, bypassing a celebration for a stone face.

It came on a night when no other Warriors player got it going offensively. "You can't have miscommunication, you can't have lulls, you can't have "my faults" or "my bads" and things like that because they are going to make you pay".

LeBron James had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but his Cavaliers will have to become the first team to climb out of a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals. "But tonight we weren't that good". "We were ultra-aggressive in that first half, myself included". Curry was mostly dismal, hitting 1-of-10 3-point attempts and 3-of-16 field goals to notch 11 points to go with six assists and five rebounds. The Cavaliers rolled the dice and put Rodney Hood into the series, and got 15 points from him.

With Curry and Thompson non-factors much of the game, combining for 21 points on 7 for 27 combined shooting, Durant finished with a playoff career-best 43 points.

Another "Summer of LeBron" could start as early as Friday night. He rewarded Lue with 15 points and a strong game.

Iguodala sustained the bone bruise after bumping knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Conference Finals. I saw a different perspective just being out and how to deal with it.

While the Warriors enjoyed a great party in Oakland, California, after winning the title in five games previous year, Durant does not want to play with fire.

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