"We have to challenge ourselves to come out and try to put this thing away". The Warriors could be champions again as early as Friday night, and this crown - after experiencing plenty of turbulence this season - would most definitely be one to savor. The Raptors have made four trips to the south shore of Lake Erie in the past three years, and they are a smooth 0-7 over that time. After Curry had a big Game 2 with 33 points, Game 3 was Durant's turn. They finished the Cavaliers off in five games in 2017. They dominated the offensive glass by a margin of 15-6.
Following Curry's trip to the line, the game would end, with the Warriors prevailing and taking a 3-0 lead.
James wasn't making excuses for Cleveland's postseason pickle because if not for a reversed official's call or J.R. Smith's brain-lock in the closing seconds of regulation in Game 1 or Durant's brilliance in Game 3, the Cavs could be leading the series. "He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league.?" Just like in Game 3, they must limit him, or just defend him as closely as possible and pray he doesn't rain threes. "I thought we'd have to face them for a while". But in the modern era of hoops - where a 73-win team can add a future Hall of Famer - a team like the Warriors can weather a combined performance like Wednesday night's. But one of the misses was on objective. Durant was 3-for-4 on three-pointers, the rest of his team was 1-for-10 from distance in the half.
Curry has earned two NBA MVPs, set the single-season 3-point record, captured a pair of championships and is on the cusp of a third. The Warriors are trying to join a select list of teams to win three championships in four years.
However, Golden State clawed its way back.
In Wednesday night's Game 3, finished just an hour before, James scored 33 points (in logging a 10th career National Basketball Association finals triple-double), limited Warriors star Steph Curry to just one three-point shot and still Cleveland lost, 110-102.
James is averaging 37.7 points, nine rebounds and 10.7 assists on 53 per cent shooting.
They played well enough to win this game, but bad defensive execution down the stretch and Kevin Durant proved too much for Cleveland to overcome.
Green only notched a pair of boards on Wednesday night, but it was enough to move him past Wilt Chamberlain as the top rebounder in Warriors Playoff history. Meanwhile the Patriots have played in three of the last four Super Bowls, winning two of them - although they have faced three different opponents in each of those games.
Rodney Hood is another guy candidate. He was even out for the entire first round of the playoffs. The Rockets are a little odd because there's only one ball, which LeBron, James Harden, and Chris Paul all need all the time. Game 3 served as a reminder of that.