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Golden State Warriors chasing post-season perfection in NBA Finals

19 Junio 2017, 03:22 | Gerardo Tarin

Having made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to beat Golden State previous year, the Cleveland Cavaliers need an even better rally to defend the crown after Wednesday's 118-113 loss to the Warriors.

The Warriors' main stars all had above 20 points with Steph Curry's 26 points, Klay Thompson's 30 points and Kevin Durant's 31 points.

And although it appears James, playing in his seventh straight Finals, will again fall short of a championship, Cleveland's superstar isn't faulting the Warriors for adding Kevin Durant to a 73-win team. Despite a game in which Kyrie Irving and LeBron James were sublime, scoring all over the court, the Cavaliers could not notch the victory.

But roles were reversed in the third quarter when Cleveland made four 3-pointers to only one for Golden State. Cleveland might have overcome a 3-1 deficit previous year to win it all, but overcoming a 3-0 deficit is not even remotely realistic.

"They're a juggernaut of a team, do a great job of spacing out the floor, keeping a high tempo, and just made some big-time plays down the stretch", Irving said. But those efforts didn't prove enough as the Warriors kept chipping away before their final quarter explosion. Irving picked up his play, scoring 38 points with majority coming off of hard shots. In fact, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the hope was because both players were so hot that at some point they'd get exhausted of carrying their team. As LeBron stated after the Warriors' victory in Game 1, this year, KD is the difference.

"Kevin Durant is a once in a lifetime player", Thomas said, "I don't think our league has ever seen a player like a Kevin Durant who is so unique".

"Golden state" on the road beat "Cleveland" and was one win away from the most dominant titles in National Basketball Association history. By doing that, they'll also likely get Golden State in foul trouble, while occasionally opening up wide open looks from the perimeter.

But the team still fell short of preventing Golden State on taking a commanding 3-0 series advantage. -LeBron on the last three 3 minutes of Game 3. "If we come out with the same fight and intensity. we got a good chance of winning on Friday". "We missed some shots, and they made some".

If Green's numbers have been understated in the finals - he is averaging 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5 assists while shooting just 34.5 percent from the field - he is still having an outsize influence.



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