Exhausted talk: LeBron dunks idea he's worn out guarding Durant
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 21:25
And while the Cavaliers are far from surrendering, there is a sense the addition of Durant has made Golden State a much harder team to vanquish even once - let alone four times.
Kevin Durant discussed being on the brink of 16-0 in the playoffs "I am just trying to stay in this moment and not worry about the future".
Dominating like no team ever has in the postseason, the Warriors look capable of anything - except another NBA Finals collapse. Durant forces the Cavs, who are not a good defensive team, to make choices over which Golden State star they will try to stop. With two of the best shooters in the National Basketball Association in Durant and Curry, Golden State won a respectable 67 games in the regular season, including 15 in 16 games before the start of the playoffs. "I tried to have some guts and make a play for the team".
"I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team", he said. Although, he didn't deny contacting KD, saying, "I think everyone in the world talks to their friends".
Somehow, the Cavaliers have to change all that. Even the Cavaliers must at this point, after watching a late fourth-quarter lead evaporate in a 118-113 loss in Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena. The opponent and the situation are the same, yet things feel different.
"She had a great idea for me", he said. "So I'm just mentally strengthening my mind and getting my mind ready and focused on what tomorrow's going to bring, and so I look forward to it".
James played in 23 Finals games as a member of the Miami Heat and he played his 20th Finals game as a Cavalier Wednesday night.
After winning Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points at home, the Warriors had to scrap for all 48 minutes to take down the Cavs, who will need a similar effort to avoid being swept by a team with few weaknesses.
Golden State has yet to lose a game in this season's playoffs.
"We made enough plays tonight to still win the ballgame, but they made a couple more", LeBron said when it was over. It's probably the most, most firepower I've played in my career. The Cavs played an nearly flawless game and they still came up short, and that's hard for Cavs fans to admit, but it's true. If somebody is struggling, they can just find someone else with their precision ball movement. He'll live with making the high-percentage play, rather than the hero play.
"We thought we were going to win", James said. Golden State has been punishing Cleveland in transition, and the way the Warriors have blown open the first two games by scoring in bunches hasn't just taken a physical toll.
Both Durant and Thompson said they noticed the mental effect their lightning-quick scoring bursts have on opponents.
"The series is not over", Durant said.
In addition, the Warriors have not lost a game since April 10. "He's been such a big piece of our success the last three years, obviously". "This could turn if we come out there thinking we're the champions already". He's shooting 55 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc, numbers that should and in nearly any other circumstances would have him on his way to cementing his legacy as the best player of all time with yet another championship.