The parallel tracks of the last two NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers run similarly. The Cavs trail the Warriors, 2-0, in the NBA Finals this year and have come home to Cleveland. "They shoot nothing but 3s all game long". They blew us out. "He's done that throughout his career, so we'll see what type of adjustments they make". Tristan Thompson has been pretty low energy so he has maybe one of those high energy games, gets five or six offensive rebounds in the first few quarters and has some put-backs. They set a great tone. The Cavaliers are playing their best basketball, but it doesn't even matter.
Then again, Smith was scuffling through the first two games of last season's Finals and came back with 20 points in Game 3.
James is averaging a triple-double through two games, with 28.5 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Despite some strong performances during last year's playoffs, including scoring 36 points against Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, and 38 points in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, Curry never consistently recaptured the same form he showed during his record-setting regular season after suffering ankle and knee-ligament sprains earlier in the playoffs.
"There's no feeling of, we're nearly there", Green said. "They're a different team". "All it is is just winning a championship and doing what you need to do to get that done". The biggest thing for us is we usually haven't gotten off to a great start in this building. They are playing for a title.
Golden State improved to 14-0 this postseason and is trying to become the first group to go unbeaten all the way to a title.
So while the Cavs cling to hope based on what they did before, the problem is what else do the Cavs have up their sleeves against a team now powered by Durant that has been unbeatable in the playoffs.
Aware of the trend, which Boyles has successfully played for years, oddsmakers have adjusted the lines to a pick'em in the first quarter and the first half at the Westgate and William Hill sports books. A lot of people said we couldn't, but that's our game. "But how can you refocus your mind, how can you refuel it to understand that at the end of the day it is a series?"
The Warriors have assembled some of the best three-point shooters the league has ever seen, helping them win their postseason games this year by an average of almost 17 points per contest.
The Cavaliers see it as must-win game as well.
A 3-0 deficit would virtually end the series where the Cavs have tried to replicate their initial postseason success.
"They took care of home court", Irving said.
But after their collapse past year, becoming the first team to lose after leading the championship series 3-1 to the same Cavaliers, Golden State's goal is getting two more victories.
He took it hard, blaming himself for the Warriors failure to win it all for the second consecutive year.
"As a team, I think so", Thompson said.
In 2007, the Cavs were no match for the powerful San Antonio Spurs, who overwhelmed Cleveland and swept the series.
"We definitely have a sense of what they're capable of", Love said. Golden State now has Kevin Durant on the team and the Cavaliers have been unable to stop him. If you are a student of the game like James, you study the reality - a point he acknowledged after Game 1 when he simply said the difference was Durant. "It has to be more consistent".
LeBron James going for a layup in the National Basketball Association finals.
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So that's the story of Game 3.