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Golden State takes 3-0 lead

Golden State takes 3-0 lead

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The Warriors had seized a 3-1 lead on the Cavaliers only to have James lead the greatest rally in NBA Finals history, becoming the first team to win the championship after trailing 1-3.

With Durant, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals a ideal 12-0 in the postseason after sweeping each of the previous three rounds and then found another gear against the Cavaliers. Love grabbed 21 rebounds in Game 1 and scored 27 points in Game 2, but he's been a liability on the defensive end. They won both games in Oakland to take a 2-0 series lead into Game 3 in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

The first two games of the 2017 NBA Finals have gone the way of the Golden State Warriors.

But look again. That's 10.5 seconds that runs off the clock between Curry's rebound and Kyle Korver's foul of Kevin Durant. It's just that's what's in front of us.

The first two games of this series have been up-tempo, and this has played into the Warriors' hands. The Warriors finished with an 11-0 run to steal the victory and all but assure themselves of taking Cleveland's title.

And of course, Steve Kerr is the right leader for this special team. "But you're going against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it's definitely draining".

Cavs fans couldn't have asked for more than they got from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on Wednesday night. James finished the game with 39 points while Irving finished with 38. The 26 paint points are the most by a player 6-foot-3 or shorter in the past 20 postseasons. And I thought that gave them confidence, gave their crowd confidence.

Lue also insisted that his team was better off playing at a high tempo.

"No, only missed shots".




"We talked about it since the Finals last year that the last season was a very unique year, for a lot of different reasons, and we learned a lot", Curry said.

"I have the same confidence level I've had since I started playing this game", Smith said.

"I knew I had to give LeBron at least a two-minute blow in that first quarter because in the second half he might not get a blow", Lue said.

Well, we finally got a game in the NBA Finals. We make a couple, they miss a couple, and it's the other way around.

If not for their meltdown a year ago, the Warriors, whose record-setting 73-win season got lost in the Finals aftermath, would be looking for a third straight crown.

Golden State is on the verge of history.

The Warriors just took the Cavaliers' last, best shot and still walked off the court laughing.

"They played a really good game as well, but they made shots down the stretch".

"One could only feel for the 6'8" Cavs superstar, who nearly single-handedly put his team into a winning position in Cleveland's quest to "defend the land".


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