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NBA Finals: Recap and Looking Ahead to Game 4


All eyes were on the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers last night as they met at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.  Golden State entered the contest up 2-0 in the series, and undefeated with a 14-0 record in the 2017 NBA Postseason.  The Cavaliers were looking to find a way to stop the streaking Warriors on their home court.  Golden State ultimately took the "dub" and extend to 15-0 in postseason play, but we decided to look back at a few key moments from the game and preview what Game 4 has in store. 

Game 3: 

First, a quick overview of the box score -

Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, & Stephen Curry: Durant led the Warriors with 31 points.  Thompson and Curry added 30 and 26, respectively. Thompson shot over 61% on the night, and each of the three connected over 55% from 3-point land. 

Beyond the three tallying over 25 points apiece, the Warriors' bench extends and contributes as well.  Zaza Pachulia was the lone starter to not tally any points, and he pulled down just one rebound while turning over four times. 

After an 11-0 run by the Warriors to regain the lead, this shot by Durant sealed the deal:


LeBron James & Kyrie Irving:  LeBron led all scorers with 39 points, and Irving followed suit with 38 points of his own. The duo combined for 77 of the Cavalier's 113 total points on 55% shooting from the field.

LeBron was 44% from three, but Kyrie struggled from long range (0/7). However, Irving made up for it with some amazing plays in the paint that helped push the Cavaliers on some runs in the third and fourth quarters. Although he led all players in turnovers with 5, James ended the night just an assist shy of a triple-double (39 Pts., 11 Reb, 9 Ast).

Just five other players contributed by putting points on the board. Most notably J.R. Smith added 16 points, while Kyle Korver and Kevin Love scored just eight and nine points, respectively.


Game 4 Preview:

For the Warriors, they could potentially sweep, but even with a loss in Game 4, which would be their first of the postseason, they will just need to keep their heads up and regroup with the same mentality they have had thus far. 

There's really no need to explain the importance of Game 4 for the Cavaliers. Facing the 3-0 deficit, six scoreless possessions down the stretch in crunch time of Game 3 killed the Cavs. As shown by their performance where the two of them combined for 77, the Warriors are a team that is deep and has a tremendous ability to adjust. LeBron and Kyrie are without a supporting cast of players produce consistently, while this Golden State team has a multitude of scoring options. 

Who do you think will win Game 4? Keep the conversation going by commenting below.


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