(WINDSOR, ON) No matter what LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers threw at the defending NBA champion Gold State Warriors, in game 3 of their best of 7 finals series, the result was the same. Another competitive loss.
At least this time the single digit 110-018 margin of victory was the respectable. Even though it took overtime in game for Golden State to prevail they outwork the Cavs to a 10 point advantage, 9 points less than the game two Warriors blow-out.
Yet again it was also a game that establish at least 1 record. Namely the Cavs power forward Kevin Durant was the primary difference in the game as he posted a career play-off high of 43 points. Including a game winner dagger with under a minute to play.
Although Lebron also came to play in leading his team with a 33 point effort (featuring a unique unassisted dunk to finish his pass to himself off of the glass), along with double digit rebounds and assists. Durant’s performance was simply more superior, including the game winner he downed in the last minute of play.
. This on a night wherein Lebron’s teammates were arguably supportive to him as were Durant’s.
Where Warrior guard Stephen Curry land a record 9 tres in game 3, he fell to 0-9 until ate in the 4th quarter. It was in the later part of that frame that gave the Warriors superstar landed a 3 pointer that final gave his team a bit of separation to fuel the Warriors persistent attack while demoralizing that of Cleveland..
Although Durant blazed Kevin Lowe for most of his points, Lowe scored 20 of his own, and grabbed 13 boards, as the 3rd highest scorer on the evening. Rodney Hood also came off of the Cavs bench to scored 15 by most creating his own scoring chances.
Considering there were no 20 point Warrior scorers to go along with Durant’s, should Lowe and Hood continue to take the offensive pressure off of LeBron the Cavs just may be able to rally for one win at home before the series swing back to the West.
Two other important factors are the interior presence of Javal McGee for the Warriors and Tristan Thomas in the post for the Cavs. Where McGee is more of an offensive player, Tristan is a rebounding force to contend with.
If Tristan in particular can slide out to double Durant who appears to be headed for his 2nd play-off MVP then the Cavs may just get over their winless hump in game 4 in Ohio. Other wise they just may get swept at home