The Warriors scored the last 11 points to stretch their record playoff win streak this season to 15-0 and grabbed a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Golden State's only competition is with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and other great teams from the past. Bigger than all of them and all of that.
The Warriors popped champagne inside the bowels of Quicken Loans Arena in 2015, having clinched the series in six games.
And perhaps more significantly, the Warriors have the opportunity to do it in flawless fashion, as they are a Game 4 win from being the first team in National Basketball Association history go 16-0 in the playoffs. "It all comes down to this one game".
In the first half of the three contested Finals games, James has been superb.
The Cavs went 3-for-18 on corner 3s in Game 3.
So, when Durant hit free agency facing the possibility of a 10th straight season without a ring, a thought may have crossed his mind: Why don't I just join the team that gives me the best chance to win a title?
The Cavs actually got the start they wanted at home with a pair of early threes from Smith getting the home side loud and on its feet. Not only is it spectacular team basketball, it's two of the best teams in NBA history. He returning to that attacking point guard who finds daylight and lanes when it appears there is none and then finishing through a tangle of Warriors' defenders arms. The ball went to LeBron in the right corner. Catch and shoot. Make one more hero shot. LeBron got him last June.
In their 15 playoff games, the Warriors have beaten their opponents by an average of 17 points a game. "Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in", he said. "So even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus plus, because they're going to make runs and they're going to make shots and they got guys that's going to make plays". And this is why the Cavs looked so utterly demoralized afterward, when they all but admitted there's simply nothing they can do about this Warriors team now that Durant has chosen that blue and gold jersey.
There is no way of knowing if LeBron would have made that shot if he got it airborne.
LeBron James turned in one of the greatest NBA Finals performances in history during a losing effort in a pivotal Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. Exactly the same kind of freefall, as a matter of fact.
Frankly, James is lucky to give the Cavs' 40 productive minutes per game in these Finals. But you know when those NBA Finals come around, we're really going to need you to play big for us, ' " Green said. Love missed after that. It's a miss-or-make league. Wasn't destiny that had brought them together. By comparison, they have won games by 20 or more points four times. Evolution happens. Over time, things get better. Irving didn't let that happen, scoring 16 in the third and the Cavs held the Warriors to 22 points in their lowest scoring output in any quarter in this postseason.
The Warriors aren't just looking for another championship. At the time, sources told the Guardian that Curry was "distracted": that the previous 13 months had become too much. Just last summer, we were killing Durant for fleeing a team that had the Warriors down 3-1 in the Western Conference finals. Four of the other Golden State victories have been beatdowns. After averaging 9.2 rebounds per game in the regular season, Thompson has a total of just 11 boards through Cleveland's first three games. "It hurts. Did some great things tonight". The NBA is built on players slowly, steadily developing - one step forward, two steps back - and that's exactly how Durant's career had played out. Iguodala made one of them. Wasn't destiny. Just sports.