Sam Amick USA TODAY Sports Published 11:18 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 CLEVELAND – There wasn’t much Ty Lue could say about Kevin Durant’s glorious night. The Cleveland Cavaliers coach is never the talkative type on the postgame podium after a loss to begin with, and there’s just no fun in describing how the other guy treated your defense like this was a run at the local YMCA. But when he was asked about the Golden State star whose 43-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist outing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals was epic in every way, Lue reintroduced a topic that has been front and center for these Warriors in the past few weeks. “He's one of the best one-on-one players in our league, you know – top two best players in our league,” Lue said. “I thought Durant hurt us with his one-on-one, getting to the free-throw line a little bit. But his one-on-one ability really saved them again tonight." In the span of a few seconds, Lue mentioned one-on-one … [Read more...] about That’s that: Kevin Durant’s epic Game 3 should put an end to iso-ball chatter
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Jeff Zillgitt USA TODAY Sports Published 7:52 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 CLEVELAND – If frustration ruled the first two games of the NBA Finals for Cleveland, deflation and resignation might be the sentiment for the Cavaliers in the two games in Cleveland. In Game 3 on Wednesday – and for the second times in the series – the Cavs had a chance to beat Golden State and failed. The Warriors have too much and the Cavs not enough. Or more to point: Even though Cleveland has LeBron James – and he did all he could once again – the Warriors have Kevin Durant, and that’s almost unfair alongside Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. James confirmed it in his own way. “You guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer? Kevin Durant was my answer,” James said. “He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever … [Read more...] about LeBron James has been historically good vs. Warriors, but he knows how this movie ends
CLEVELAND -- Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty's doorstep. LeBron James may be at the exit door. Durant scored 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-102, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years. No team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit in the NBA playoffs. It might be time to order some champagne from Napa Valley. And Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors. These Cavs can't figure it out. CBSSports.com's Kyle Boone writes, "There will be endless banter about where free-agent-to-be LeBron James … [Read more...] about LeBron facing final game with Cavs after Warriors’ Games 3 win?
Jeff Zillgitt USA TODAY Sports Published 4:54 p.m. UTC Jun 6, 2018 CLEVELAND – LeBron James doesn’t feel good about the 2-0 deficit against Golden State. He made that clear. “When you're down like this, in a deficit like this versus a team like this, there's no good feeling,” James said. “So, I don't feel good about it.” He began to answer the next question, stopped and went back to the previous question about how being down 2-0 this time against the Warriors might feel differently than being down 2-0 in 2017 and 2016. “I don't feel good how I feel right now, not how I feel about the rest of the series,” James said. “I know how clips can get broken up and somebody can clip that and be like, ‘Oh, LeBron said he doesn't feel good.’ I personally don't feel good today of the deficit that we have. Not about (Game 3). I feel great about our opportunity.” More NBA 'Damn cameras': LeBron James didn't know tense … [Read more...] about Make no mistake, LeBron James feels great about Game 3 opportunity
Seventy-two hours after LeBron James overpowered the Golden State Warriors from within arm’s length of the rim, Stephen Curry sent the Cleveland Cavaliers standout a long-distance message Sunday night. The 3-pointer can be an even more powerful weapon than the layup. Stephen Curry broke the NBA Finals record with nine 3-pointers, accounting for a majority of his game-high 33 points and leading the Warriors to a second straight win over the Cavaliers, 122-103. The defending champions are up 2-0 in the series as they chase their third title in four years, but the scene in the best-of-seven now shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on Wednesday and Friday, respectively. “He was tremendous,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Curry, who led the team in scoring for the second game in a row after never having done so in last year’s Finals against the Cavaliers. “Nine (3-pointers) and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one. Yeah, he was … [Read more...] about Curry sets Finals 3-pointer mark as Warriors rout Cavs