In Kevin Durant's two years with the Golden State Warriors, there may not be a better example of the lift he has provided the team than Game 3 of the NBA Finals. For James, this is not uncharted territory being the underdog. He played 22 minutes but also looked gimpy after taking a hit to his other knee and is being listed as day-to-day for Game 4.
It feels as though this series is already over.
Lebron James is on a mission to try to add another ring to his legacy.
For the second straight game the Warriors off-ball movement - such as their split screens, or the Warriors just slipping a screen - confused a Cavaliers defense that is trying to switch everything but is not defensively disciplined enough to do it.
"You know, we've got a lot of depth".
LeBron James had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, but his Cavaliers will have to become the first team to climb out of a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals. "I didn't want to run in there and shoot a bad shot.so I made a decision to shoot it from there and it felt good leaving my hands".
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The Caps avoided any hotheaded retaliation and concentrated on a gritty effort that was enough to even the series. The Washington Capitals are 20 minutes away from evening the Stanley Cup Final at one game apiece.
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.
Neither team led by more than three points in the fourth quarter until Stephen Curry drained a 3-pointer with 2:38 remaining for a 101-97 Warriors edge. The Cavs would probably want to move Tristan Thompson as well, but Powell would be best as an energy guy off the bench. Cleveland led by as many as 13 in the second quarter, and was going to get its win, pushing the series to 2-1 and forcing the Warriors' repressed memory of their 3-1 collapse two years ago to come back to the forefront. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk. With this in mind, here are three keys for Golden State in Game 3 as the series shifts to Cleveland. Additionally, Klay Thompson scored 20 points after being somewhat doubtful to play following the ankle injury he sustained in Game 1.
LeBron James has 14 points, nine assists and six rebounds, and he's getting more help than his counterpart Durant. Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, and Dwyane Wade combined have 58 career games like that.
"That was incredible what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters. The award honours "the player who best combines excellence on the basketball court with cooperation and dignity in dealing with the media and the public". However, another loss shouldn't affect his legacy but it probably will as many people will revert back to that Finals record and when it is all said and done Lebron's record won't be flawless like Jordan's is.
James simply can't do it all for this team.
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