Trailing 3-0 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the second straight year, LeBron James said Golden State's team construction makes it possible for two-time MVP Stephen Curry to have a awful shooting night like he did Wednesday and still come away with a result like their 110-102 Game 3 win.
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.
Just when it seemed as if the Cavaliers might win their first game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant hit a 3-point dagger from the wing for the second year in a row, prompting Warriors teammate Draymond Green to roar and silencing a deafening crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. Kevin Durant is averaging 29.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while Stephen Curry is averaging 24.7 points and 5.5 assists.
Meanwhile, the Warriors were off. Curry and Thompson continually drew iron with their jump shots, combining for seven points on 3-of-15 shooting with just one 3-pointer between them in the first half.
Some of the players mentioned by Bryant did step up last night as Love (20 points), Hood (15 points) and Smith (13 points) all scored in double figures.
Nearly a year to the day of last year's Game 4 loss, Durant and the Warriors can redeem themselves if they sweep the Cavaliers on Friday night. Eastern Time (0100GMT Saturday). "I guess because you are comfortable", he said.
Francona ended his postgame news conference after the Indians beat Milwaukee Wednesday by saying, "Go Cavs!"
Durant's final points came on a 3-pointer that was shot a few feet back from the spot he pulled up from in Game 3 of last year's Finals. "They feed off the familiarity with not only being home, but being on their home floor, having their own locker and things of that nature", he said.
"That was awesome what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters.
That idiom held true in large part for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, but it still wasn't enough to fend off the seemingly unstoppable firepower of the Golden State Warriors.
In the opening minutes of Game 3 with the Cavaliers working to build an early lead, LeBron threw the ball off the backboard to himself and threw down a dunk for the ages.
"For me, tonight will be tough", James said.
"The margin of error is very low", James said.
Now, let's be honest, there's not many people at this point giving the Cavs a chance to recreate themselves, and give the Warriors much of a series; however Brown has a message for all those people, and he's not afraid to share it.
It will be interesting to see how the return of Iguodala impacts Game 3.
In the fourth, seemingly neither team could wrestle control of the game away the other side.
"I want to go home and celebrate".