Cavaliers in familiar NBA Finals hole

LeBron James and Kevin Durant

For the second straight year in the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers came out with force in Game 3 needing a win to avoid going down 0-3, only to have inconsistent defense and Kevin Durant do them in. Yes, his Finals record would look ugly at 3-6 but if you dig deep into that you see that most of the time his team was the underdog so the odds were stacked against him.

The 2017 NBA Finals MVP had 13 points and was 4 for 4 from the field as Golden State cut a 12-point deficit down to 29-28 after one quarter.

The Cavs did everything we thought they needed to do and yet, still, it wasn't enough. If James continues to play like he did against Boston then people would have to at least give them a chance for him to capture his fourth ring.

James opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer but Curry followed with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 96-83 Warriors edge.

"We talk about his versatility all the time, " Warriors guard Stephen Curry said prior to Game 3.

The Warriors are trying to join Bill Russell's Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers" trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the "80s, and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant almost 20 years ago as the only franchises in National Basketball Association history to capture three championships in four years. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year. Kerr isn't sure how many minutes Iguodala will be called upon to play. While Curry said immediately after the game the incident was "much ado about nothing", teammate Klay Thompson said it was a "great movie".

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Kevin Durant with the cold-blooded step into it 3-pointer in the final seconds of the second quarter kept the Warriors within striking distance, 58-52, heading into the locker room.

For the third straight time in that unprecedented run of championship showdowns, the Warriors prevailed in Games 1 and 2 on their home floor, Oracle Arena. He is averaging 9 assists per game, which leads his team and is the third most amongst players who participated in the playoffs. "He's one of the smartest players in the league". James has 59 career playoff games where he has scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished 5 assists.

The Cavs weren't the one-man team they often seem to be in the first half, with James, Smith and Love all scoring in double digits as Love led the way with 15 points to go with 10 first-half rebounds.

James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually - camouflage trousers, purple hoodie, "Billionaire Boys Club" baseball cap - than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason. To put that into perspective, Curry has drilled 56 three's so far this postseason, despite sitting out the Warriors' first six playoff games (he's appeared in 13 games). He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year's Finals.

"I think we all support each other in real - with a real child-like approach to the game", he said. Hood responded with 15 points and six rebounds.

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