Despite checking boxes to beat Warriors, Cavs blow another NBA Finals opportunity

Kristopher Nichols
June 8, 2018

Curry scored on a lay-up, then hit his only three-pointer of the night (after missing his first nine), followed by another three-pointer from Durant to put Golden State up 106-100 with 49 seconds remaining.

LeBron James did have a triple-double for the Cavaliers with 33 points, ten rebounds, and 11 assists. They play Game 4 in Cleveland on Friday.

In his first game back, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala didn't miss a beat.

Think about this: The 2016-17 Cavs had one of the most prolific attacks in league history - a club that made 13 3-pointers per game, shot 38.4% from deep and had two of the league's most devastating one-on-one players.

The Cavs trail the Warriors 3-0 and no team has ever recovered from such a deficit in the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Warriors took a 3-0 series lead with a 110-102 victory over the Cavaliers.

Late in the game, Durant called for the ball on numerous occasions, clearly looking to seal the win.

Now the Cavs, down 0-2 and back at home, will try to do what they've done in two of the past three NBA Finals: win Game 3 against the Warriors and swing the momentum back in their favor.

As the Warriors moved one huge step closer to their third title in four years, the Cavaliers understood that no team has come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Finals.

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After some contentious calls in the first two games, the official Twitter account of the National Basketball Association referees tweeted during game three to confirm James' pass to himself off the backboard was legal. He also pulled down 13 rebounds, tying Kevin Love for the game high, and distributed seven assists in 43 minutes.

A report from ESPN's Chris Haynes states several Warriors were unhappy with Perkins after Game 2.

It was also eerily similar to a shot Durant made a year ago in Cleveland to give Golden State a 3-0 series lead on the way to a title in 5 games.

"We played well - they made some runs, we made some runs, and just K.D. had an exceptional night", lamented Coach Lue.

On nights like Wednesday, when Curry was mostly bad, Durant can play the one-on-one style that not long ago had some analysts briefly questioning his future in Golden State.

The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season.

"We know how they came out in Game 4 previous year", said Curry, who has won two National Basketball Association titles with the Warriors. And in the roar, most of the Warriors could do nothing as the Cavs pushed them around down low.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant responded to his vicious hecklers on Thursday as calmly as he'd drilled his cold-blooded 30-footer in Game 3.

With LeBron James' contract expiring at the end of this season, the rumors of the superstar departing in free agency are hotter than ever.

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