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Dynasty's doorstep: Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals

07 June, 2018, 11:47 | Author: Candice Daniels
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The Warriors are at their best when Curry is bending a defense to his will and he needs the ball to do that. They come off a pick-and-roll and he just stopped behind and pulled four or five feet behind the 3-point line.

They might even win that one, as they did in Game 4 here past year.

Cleveland needs to be at its best to win games in this series, and the Warriors don't need to be ideal to win.

Gilbert was likely pleased when, 22 seconds into the third quarter, James drove to the basket, made a bucket and was fouled, promptly giving Cleveland its first free throw of the game.

The game started with Smith getting loud cheers from the Warriors fans, who booed him mercilessly in Game 1 after Smith slipped and fell into Klay Thompson's leg, sending the Warriors guard to the locker room briefly with an injury.

"Our switches and our schemes have been pretty on point", Cavs forward Kevin Love said.

It took seven games in the first round against in and they needed a superhuman effort from LeBron James against Boston in the conference finals, winning four of the final five games of the series to punch a ticket to the Finals.

And not just offensive help.

"We're happy with the way we played". The two games in Oakland were competitive.

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The fourth quarter was mere ceremony.

Georgian big man Zaza Pachulia didn't play for the Warriors and the same happened with Croatian Ante Zizic, Turk Cedi Osman and Spaniard Jose Calderon for the Cavs. Four times in this series?

Although Curry has pushed Warriors closer to their third title in four years, Kellerman admits he would be baffled if the two-time NBA Finals MVP got his hands on the award again after this series. "So there were a lot of things playing through my head". "So we're talking about basketball here". It's hard to go against this Warriors team, but LeBron and the Cavaliers are playing for their playoff lives now and I think they can bounce back and avoid the series sweep with a hard-fought win here.

"It's my job to make sure that we're as focused, laser focused as possible, do my job, and continue to instill confidence into my teammates until the last horn sounds". "We have an opportunity to protect home, as Golden State has done".

Curry had the shot of the night with 7:54 to play, making an off-balance swish from several feet behind the 3-point arc over Love as the shot clock wound down, then scooted backward in delight.

In most games against the Eastern Conference, James' heroics were enough to put Cleveland in the win column.

"He makes tough shots, that's what he does", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.

Durant added 12 rebounds and seven assists to his career-high playoff scoring total, but it was not until his 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 106-100 lead that Cleveland's fate was sealed.

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