Golden State held an identical series lead previous year when the championship series shifted to Cleveland but split the two games there and then went on to become the first team to lose an NBA Finals after leading 3-1. In Game 2, he seemed to find himself somewhat, scoring 22 points. Thompson, so effective as a rebounder and defender in last year’s finals, had zero points and just three rebounds.
Again, James and Irving weren’t an issue, and that was a gamble the Warriors were willing to take.
Williams has yet to score this series, putting extra pressure on Irving to play more minutes and be more productive. Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant’s arrival and is healthy in these NBA Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.
Warriors: Golden State is the 13th team to take a 3-0 lead in Finals, and third since 1996. But he lost his cool in the first half, picking up a technical foul late in the second quarter after arguing for a foul call on Kyrie Irving.
“We’ve got to get one first”, said Kyle Korver, who mentioned the Cavs have had “a thousand conversations” about their belief they can still come back to win this series.
Over the last five years the Finals MVP has gone to LeBron James or the player who guarded LeBron James on the way to beating him.
Just like the last finals, the Warriors took the first two games.
“Even when you’re playing well, you got to play A-plus-plus, because they’re going to make runs and they’re going to make shots and they got guys that’s going to make plays”, James said.
Golden State Warriors win in 5: 34.7%.
The Golden State Warriors steal a game on the road in Game 3. Besides his 39 points, he also had 11 rebounds and nine assists. “We literally have never once mentioned 16-0”, Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters on Tuesday ahead of Game Three today.
Welcome back to “3 Shots” as we greet you from Quicken Loans Arena for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Point guard Kyrie Irving added 38 points, though he missed all seven of his three-point shots. We are 3-0. We feel like this is a different team not just because of personnel but because of our accumulative experience over the last few years in the playoffs. In doing so, he passed Elgin Baylor and Bill Russell on the career finals scoring list. Just three minutes to make a play, hit a shot, get a stop.
Irving’s third quarter was the only reason the Cavaliers weren’t out of it heading into the fourth. In fact they keep improving with each game that they play. He played most of the game and was instrumental in the 7 point Cavalier lead in the 2nd Half.
The Cavs didn’t want to talk about fatigue and they weren’t about to make excuses, but it was evident throughout the second half that the pace of the game, and the series, was taking its toll. They then went 15-9 in the playoffs, and their 88-18 total-season record wound up fourth-best in league history coming into this season.
Having worked on that jump shot throughout his career, Durant chose the right time to start to etch the beginning of his legacy in stone – and what a better way to do it than contested by one of the game’s best players.