We’ve been here before. Falling down 2-0 after losing both in Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors. We were down 2-0 then 3-1 last year, but we still came back. No doubt in my mind, we could do it again. There was one huge problem. The Warriors had this Kevin Durant guy on their team and he was playing really, REALLY well.
Game three was back at Quicken Loans, and LeBron and Kyrie always play better at home, right? That was not the case. The Warriors came out clicking in the first quarter, with six guys getting into the scoring mix. Klay Thompson and KD led the way, scoring the first 24 points for the Warriors. Then in the second quarter, every time the Cavs seemed to close the gap, a deep three would find its way through the iron, killing the Cavaliers’ momentum. The half came to a close, with the Warriors Evil Empire leading 67-61.
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The Cavs actually came into the second half strong. Cleveland got help for the dynamic duo of Kyrie and LeBron. JR Smith, Kyle Korver, and Kevin Love all got in the action knocking down at least one deep ball for the Wine and Gold. The Cavs defense also played great, holding Golden State to only 22 points; the Q was rocking, and the Cavs had a solid five point lead. But we live in Cleveland, we used our story book ending last year.
Cleveland held the lead most of the fourth quarter and seemed to be pulling away after a JR Swish three-pointer drove the lead to six, with 3:17 to play. Of course the Warriors wouldn’t just go away. Curry and KD both made quick two’s, and Kyrie and LeBron both missed their chances to extended the lead. With a third chance to ice the game, LeBron drove the lane and kicked one out to a wide open Kyle Korver, but he couldn’t get it to go. KD corralled the miss and drove it down the court pulling up at the three point line. LeBron tried to stop him but he was already on his heels by this point. Durant quickly rose up and buried a three right over LeBron’s out reaching hand.
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3-0. This time around, Draymond wouldn’t be suspended, Curry wouldn’t be ejected, and Kyrie wouldn’t hit the shot. KD would slither his way to a NBA title, and the Evil Empire would reign supreme over the entire league.
As Always, GO CAVS
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