Warriors Durant not simply along for Finals ride

Kevin Durant continued his sublime form in Game 3 as the former Oklahoma City Thunder player fueled Warriors to storm back in the fourth quarter.

They will travel back to Cleveland again on Saturday vying to be the first team to go unbeaten all the way to an National Basketball Association finals title.

"I think we're better from our experiences", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. But protecting the lead meant leaving Irving on the floor for the entire second half and James for all but a few seconds of it, and on the other bench Steve Kerr kept reminding his deeper Warriors that the Cavaliers were going to get exhausted. When asked about the road Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry took to reach this point in their first season together, Kerr brought up the former Heat duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. I would be much smarter than that to tweet that at literally 12:04, right after the game'. "He's been an wonderful player in this league for a long time and I think he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. and I think he's having the time of his life out there".

"He's earned it. He's been in this league for a long time, and he's, I think, at the top of his game at the biggest time". And then they did it beautifully. It's sports. You have an opportunity to sign one of the best players and you can do it, go ahead and do it.

James got it going early, scoring in the paint at will and taking advantage of the lack of a shot-blocking center among the Warriors. Did some great things tonight.

James is making his seventh consecutive NBA Finals appearance and eighth overall.

LeBron James is not one to shy away from a challenge.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers walks off the court after being defeated by the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 7, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Aside from James and Irving, the rest of the team was 9 of 34 (26.5 percent) from the field.

Kyrie Irving missed his, a step-back three-pointer with his Cleveland Cavaliers down two with 25 seconds left in the game that would decide their series, an equally impressive act of self-belief and self-confidence.

After winning Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points at home, the Warriors had to scrap for all 48 minutes to take down the Cavs, who will need a similar effort to avoid being swept by a team with few - if any - weaknesses.

"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net and I made sure my feet were behind the 3-point line". All of that still wasn't enough to get past the loaded Warriors. Both teams responded. But in the final minute, James found himself in an unusual position - helpless. That means he's rested just 19 minutes during the Finals so far.

A couple more here, a couple more there, and that's all the Warriors have needed in this series.

We were so close to having an interesting series, but Golden State proved to be too much. The difference here is pretty telling.


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