Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers - 6/9/17 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. So pay close attention to the offseason, and hope that more teams try to go small, because the Celtics are one of the best teams in the league at that game.

And Jefferson said: "How do you keep them (the Warriors) from being complacent?" They're going to be wanting a win from their team. He had Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami and now has Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in Cleveland.

However, what we didn't know is somewhat rather startling. "I think it was we played a desperate team on their home floor, a great team, with great players, and they came out and handed it to us".

"I knew this was going to be one of the greatest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mind set that they were going to have". And when LeBron James isn't in the game, you may well be over-matched, but you can't let that many points come off the board.

Durant, still one win from the coveted championship he left Oklahoma City to get, scored 35 but got little help from Stephen Curry, who scored 14 on 4-of-13 shooting.

According to a Thursday story from Zach Lowe of ESPN.com, Green called general manager Bob Myers after the Warriors' Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last year's Finals and said, "It's on you", when discussing signing Durant.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played for a couple dynasties himself with the Chicago Bulls and Spurs, was on the 72-win Chicago team in 1996 that built a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the Finals. They played their part.

"It can never happen", Green said.

Despite this year's presumed dubs decimation of the Cavaliers, this is still an all-time great team. In fact, the Warriors were outscored by 33-22 in the third quarter and trailed by as many as seven points before they closed the game on an 11-0 run to come away with the unlikely victory. "We had a goal and we cut down some of our mistakes we have been making those first three games and were able to play well".

The Warriors won their first 15 playoff games, the longest postseason streak in North American sport history, but 48 minutes from a party they've been planning for a year has been put on hold.

Late in the first quarter, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue pulled James from the game to get him some rest, and in the two-minute stretch, the Warriors went on a 12-3 run and took a seven-point advantage into the second period. After finishing Game 3 with 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, James was asked if he was able to take any solace in knowing that this Cavs team has been known to pull off the improbable. "So mentally, me personally, I got to go home, start my treatment right now, get my mind focused and get my body focused and get my body ready for Game 4, and we take it one possession at a time".

"I had 101 drives last night", James said.

  • Julie Sanders