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3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors

08 June 2018

Meanwhile, the spine of the Warriors this postseason, and in the NBA Finals, can get overshadowed though never unheard.

The Cavaliers, who were powered by a 33-point performance from LeBron James, will try to become the first National Basketball Association team to come back from a 3-0 deficit and win a series. No one would argue that.

In its third year, the promotion issues one free taco, while supplies last, during a window of time provided a road team wins any of the first three NBA Finals games. James and Kevin Love looked stunned by Durant's shot and sounded resigned during their postgame news conferences. (Spoiler alert: They don't).

"Draymond is a catalyst and the anchor for their defense", James said.

But of course, Cortes said Cleveland will need to play a near-perfect game if it wants to pull off a miracle. "I went back for you for your question", James said. "Let's just speak truth".

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Asked what exactly makes the Warriors so unique on defense, James needed no time to ruminate.

Kevin Durant insists it was not deja vu, but it sure looked like it. No other player in Finals history has even done that in two consecutive games.

"The margin of error is very low".

"Now everyone is trying to figure that out", James said.

Then, as they've done so often during their current run, Golden State held a scoring edge in the third quarter. "That's what championship players do".

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Durant stopped in his tracks and turned around. It just wasn't enough-like his 51 points in Game 1-to get the Cavs past the Golden State Warriors.

If he can, Cleveland's task of getting back into this series just got significantly harder - and it was already a tough task to begin with. He didn't think his shot was the biggest of the game.

"Different game, different season, different feel", Durant shrugged afterward, knowing full well how similar it was to the one he hit last season and knowing what it means right now. He thought Curry's lone 3-pointer in 10 tries - one that put the Warriors up by four with 2:38 remaining - carried more weight, and he might have been right. JR Smith scored 13 points and Rodney Hood came off the bench for 15. His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed. We've been in a position where we could win two out of these three games. It's like playing San Antonio.

"You can't have mistakes, they're not going to beat themselves", he continued.

Cavaliers fans waited outside the Warriors' team hotel after the loss apparently to heckle the players. Al appeared regularly on the YES Network's Nets pregame show in 2005-11.

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3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors