Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Warriors-Cavaliers Game 3

Warriors-Cavaliers Game 3

Win this game and the series, for all intents and purposes, would be over. There's no, like, 'OK, you're down 2-0 and you feel better than when you're down 2-0 before.' When you're down like this, in a deficit like this - versus a team like this - there's no good feeling.

Durant posed uncharacteristically as he released the ball. "I just took the shot".

Durant was an efficient 15-of-23 from the field and 6-of-9 from 3-point range. Durant made that not matter, too.

It was the definition of a dagger.

It was also the defining shot in what may be remembered as the defining game in Durant's career. As such, the Warriors might already have a counter in mind for whatever anticipated adjustment Cleveland makes.

"I think there's a good chance he'll play", Kerr said.

This night, though, some of them came with the package. Lebron is the best player that the National Basketball Association has seen for the past decade and he is only getting smarter and wiser the longer he plays.

Durant stood motionless after dropping his 33-footer, which gave the Warriors a 106-100 lead and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between the rivals.

"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?" But the Warriors' motto is "strength in numbers", and Livingston and McGee are personifying that. They didn't need Durant to be a superstar; they needed him to be a Warrior.

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"Steph was not making his shot, but Kevin got it rolling, so we just flipped it around and we had Steph set a couple screens for him", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.

"Devastating" is one way to describe it.

Durant was dominant from the jump as he was essentially the only reason the game was close in the first half, scoring 24 of his 43 on 7-of-11 shooting before the break. His ability to handle the ball, shoot the ball, make plays at his length, his size, his speed. "When a guy like Kevin Durant is hitting these shots, it's a joy to watch".

"We're very confident we can do that", Lue said.

"That margin for error is so little, so thin against them, I think in some cases you have to be ideal", Love said. "If/when LeBron decides to stay, this will be pretty insane here as you could imagine, and we will likely sell out that day". "So when you're able to either force a miscue on them, you have to be able to capitalize and you have to be so in tuned and razor sharp and focused every single possession". And he's still down 3-0. But calling it a blowout is not entirely accurate.

Cleveland might've missed their chance to steal a victory over Golden State in the series opener when George Hill missed a potential game-winning free throw and J.R. Smith forgot the score with fewer than five seconds remaining in regulation.

But unlike Durant, Smith and Love didn't keep it going. "If we win tonight, then we knot it up at 2-2".

Curry's scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn't play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket.

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