Throughout the second half Wednesday night, Cleveland had hope.
I think the opposite opinion is the one - no, no the Warriors made the right move - that opinion, is the one that had to be proven. The Warriors added Durant last summer and made themselves unbeatable.
"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green said. I don't want to relax.
Cleveland's two biggest stars punched back after two blowout losses in Oakland.
No rest for The King: Cleveland can't afford to rest LeBron James. Force them into outside shots, if you can. 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. Kyrie Irving had just dropped 19 in the third quarter, while Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and Durant combined for 6 points [VIDEO].
Green was already working on that as he left Oracle Arena after that gutting Game 7 loss.
In a game of incredible numbers, James' plus-minus was the most intriguing of the pack: he was a plus-seven in his 46 minutes on the court.
Kerr knew what James knew before this series began when he wanted to bring in more fire power: that Kyrie and Bron-Bron can't do it all. Everyone in Cleveland thought the Cavs had game 3 in the bag because they had the momentum but they got complacent on defense and let the Warriors steal the win from them.
"I said it after we won the Eastern Conference Finals that we're getting ready for a juggernaut", James said during his postgame press conference, as reported by ESPN.
The Cavaliers set a tone early in the game that they didn't intend to be swept.
Durant, often matched up with James, finished the first quarter with eight points to James' 16.
But the heavy minutes Cleveland's superstars were forced to play may have taken their toll down the stretch.
The Warriors closed out the game on an 11-0 run.
"The example I would probably give you would be like Miami with Wade and LeBron", Kerr said to reporters on Tuesday.
Golden State trailed by five points at the start of the fourth quarter and fell down six on a JR Smith three-pointer with 3:09 to go.
But Cleveland emerged from halftime energized.
Kevin Durant became only the third player in NBA history (Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal) to score 25 or more points in his first 8 NBA Finals games. At home for the first time since May 23, Cleveland turned the game during that period.
On the next possession, Irving isolated, settling for an ugly step-back three-pointer. "Stay in front of them". Force them into outside shots, if you can. "Fatigue will play a role".
Durant hit a 26-foot jumper to put the Warriors ahead with 45 seconds remaining and they saw out their win. "And just we obviously - we want 16 wins; it doesn't matter how we get there". "And he made it".
Golden State is now one win away from its second National Basketball Association title in three seasons and just one win away from becoming the first National Basketball Association team to go through the playoffs with an undefeated record.
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