Are the Warriors reinforcing the NBA's class divide — ASK IRA
Jun 09 2018 by Dustin Murphy
The Rockets - the only team to have given the Durant-era Warriors a fit - could not survive the loss of Chris Paul. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.
The Cavaliers claimed a 29-28 first quarter advantage.
Smith expects James to hold talks with the reigning champions, despite the Bay Side team already possessing a full roster with four All-Star players. Cleveland would finish the third down 83-81.
On social media, some have joked that J. Prince is the only person who can save LeBron from being swept by the Golden State Warriors.
The 12-point margin represented the biggest lead of the series for the Cavaliers at the time. After James responded with a triple of his own, Andrew Igoudala dunked to make it 103-100. If there's a silver lining to Warrior vs Cavs IV is that this is will nearly certainly be the last series between these two for a long while.
As Curry and Thompson struggled with their three-point shooting early, Durant was unstoppable, using his long arms to shoot over the Cavs' defenders, nearly single-handedly keeping Golden State in the game at half-time when they trailed just 58-52.
While LeBron James and company have put up an honorable fight through three games, the Warriors' talent level has simply proven too high for a Cavs team that is in noticeable need of additional high-level playmakers.
Cleveland hit 13 of its 17 free throws, which all came in the second half.
"That margin for error is so little, so thin against them, I think in some cases you have to be ideal", Love said. Those numbers were reversed in transition, as the Warriors scored 19 to the Cavaliers' 11.
"The room for error ... you just can't have it". He also had two turnovers. Following a back-and-forth quarter, the score was 83-81 Golden State heading into the fourth.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting. Otherwise, what is the point in even having him here? "I don't think we've put our best game together yet, which is encouraging, because what better time to do that?"
Thompson was't much better, posting 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Stephen Curry (1-of-10 from 3) and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 7-for-27.
The Warriors became the first team in history to take a 3-0 lead in back-to-back Finals. He also added two blocks and two steals, but also four turnovers.
Therefore, more adjustments are needed and Cleveland must work with what they have.
Game 4 is Friday night. After his 15 and 10 first half, Love finished the game with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Durant then hit a dagger 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Do we have to make more shots? Obviously they can offer him the most, and they are willing to do anything they can to keep him here, etc. etc. Cleveland has two players - James and George Hill - that are quality two-way competitors. Andre Iguodala returned to the court and chipped in with eight points in 22 minutes of action. "But we have to come out and play 48 minutes".
Larry Nance Jr. hasn't made an impact off the bench since Game 1 and Jeff Green was quiet once again, finishing with three points on 1-for-4 shooting.