Kevin Durant Was Built For This All Along

LeBron James dismissed the idea he's exhausted from guarding Kevin Durant.

One of the options Lue has heading into Wednesday's Game 3 is to bench struggling starting guard JR Smith for Iman Shumpert, who played well defensively in Game 2 but wore himself out guarding Durant and needed IV fluids afterward.

Defiant in the face of a 2-0 deficit to the postseason-perfect Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the defending champions are sticking with their plan. Klay Thompson (30 points; six-of-11 from three-point range) was looking like himself offensively for the second consecutive game. Korver missed, Kevin Durant took the ball the other way and hit what would prove to be the game-winner. Behind Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers seized the lead in the 3rd quarter.

Kevin Durant's three-pointer with 45 seconds left gave Golden State a 114-113 lead, and Steph Curry and Durant secured the victory with four free throws. That kind of back-and-forth is what makes the postseason so much fun, even if the games aren't all that close. He averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, and four assists per game that series.

According to an ESPN report published Wednesday, Golden State would lose out on potentially more than $22 million by capping a ideal postseason with a Finals sweep of the Cavaliers.

"When they have their three main guys eclipsing nearly the 30-point mark, it's going to be a tough game", said Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving, who finished with 38 points.

The Cavs played well enough to win but against these Warriors it's becoming clear that anything less than super human just isn't going to get the job done.

Durant, seeking his first career title after joining the Warriors from Oklahoma City last July, and Curry scored on drives to the hoop to pull Golden State within two. They did all they could for as long as they could, while the Warriors patiently waited for them to tire.

LeBron put together another herculean Finals effort - leading both squads with 39 points, his 12th 30-point game of the 2017 Playoffs but first in the series.

A win Friday and the Warriors will rank with the greatest teams in National Basketball Association history. But the Warriors to a man - even the guys who weren't around a year ago - vowed not to take Wednesday's Game 3 lightly in any way. Green said the Warriors noticed his fatigue in Game 3.

Magic Johnson hit Durant's mark with the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers in the 1966-67 season, but he only attempted two three-pointers the entire six-game series.

"Overall, it was just an incredibly tough, resilient performance", Kerr said. That's precisely why James would need players to do what Durant did, join the Cleveland Cavaliers and sacrifice.

"I believe in our guys", Kerr said. The Cavs shot 26 percent to the Warriors' 53 percent from the in the final period. The previous record was seven, which had been done five previous times.

  • Julie Sanders