The Cavs’ Kyrie Irving missed a step-back three-pointer with his Cavaliers down two with 25 seconds left in Game 3 of the National Basketball Association final.
Irving didn’t let that happen in Game 3.
Kevin Durant faced a similar scenario in Oklahoma City with the Thunder, and the star forward took matters into his own hands in hopes of becoming a champion.
The Game 3 loss was the closest game of the series. “He took over. You can tell he knows this is his moment. I played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower”, James said after Wednesday’s loss.
Kevin Love added 23 points for Cleveland, which made 24 3-pointers and finished the first half with a jaw-dropping 86 points.
“We dont want to go back to the Bay”, Thompson revealed.
“For me, when I left (Cleveland) to go to Miami, we had to build something”.
During his career, James has played for two “super teams” somewhat comparable to what the Warriors have assembled for this season.
Playing in his seventh straight Finals, James is averaging 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists but it hasn’t been enough for the Cavs, who lost Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points. “We’ll see”, James said. “I gave everything I had”.
But that means little to Golden State’s players, who with a victory in Game 4 on Friday night can exorcise those haunting demons from last June when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers. With under a minute left and Cleveland leading 113-111, the game was in LeBron’s hands.
No arrests were made, and Green’s mother says peace was achieved once everyone apologized. “It’s a long season and you’d hate for it to end this way”, LeBron said. I put the time in every year to get better, to work on your game and to be ready for those kind of moments’. He’s shooting just 36 percent in the fourth quarter. LeBron’s last field goal came with 6:55 remaining. The Cavs played an nearly ideal game and they still came up short, and that’s hard for Cavs fans to admit, but it’s true.
There is nothing to suggest that Cleveland can avoid the sweep. At halftime, the Dubs held a (67-61) lead over the Cavaliers. J.R. Smith hit five three-pointers. Even as the Cavs went up seven late (102-95), and six later (113-107), the separation never came.
“I’ve got to look at it”, Lue said, shaking his head. In an alternate reality, we would be talking about this Cleveland team as a juggernaut, the class of the league.
Still, Durant isn’t looking too far ahead. “Of course, you’re deflated from losing a game that you should have won. We had some really good looks”.