In 0-2 hole, Cavs ignore last year's comeback

Andre Iguodala's back bothered him.

The Warriors came in waves. So perfection isn't as important as holding the gold trophy.

"We'll win the next game and see what happens from there", said Cavs forward Tristan Thompson, who might be pulled from the starting lineup to add more scoring punch and defensive versatility. "If that's four-to-three, if that's four-to-zero, great".

"I just want to win four games". The championship is history. "So they make it tough and they put you in some tough situations. But now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job?"

The best record in playoff history belongs to the 2001 Lakers - coached by Phil Jackson and featuring Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. "But when you're the one making the run, you could definitely feel the other team looking for answers and being deflated as the game goes on". However, after back-to-back blowouts in Oakland, LeBron James led his team to a Game 3 win in Cleveland and eventually guided the Cavs to their first-ever championship. "So they won two games; now we got to go home and regroup". While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double last Sunday, he hasn't gotten almost enough help. Yet he's a minus-33. But if they find themselves down three games once again, whether it be after three or four games, a repeat of their unbelievable rise from the grave a year ago may be quite far-fetched. It's why few outside of people in the Cavaliers' corner believe Cleveland can win a game or two - if that.

The Cavaliers forced 20 turnovers in Game Two but still suffered a heavy defeat.

Let's face it: The Golden State Warriors look unbeatable right now! But if you've watched the 2017 NBA Finals, you now know those statements to be patently untrue.

With a win in Game 4 on Friday night, Golden State (above during Game 3 on Wednesday) can exorcise those haunting demons from previous year when the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers.

Hey, it's all just conversation and you can't really compare teams from different eras, with different rules, as Green noted. "Down 0-2, going back home, you have to live with those odds". He said he doesn't remember how he felt. Golden State blew a 3-1 lead and lost to the Cavs in the finals. But that Warriors team had Harrison Barnes instead of Durant. Should the Warriors stay healthy and together - and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes - they should be a title threat every year. "That's the power of free agency".

Was going for 73 wins last season a mistake? They just want to seize this moment.

They are averaging almost 119 points and winning by a record 16.9 per game in the postseason, and they've really picked it up lately.

  • Julie Sanders


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