Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Warriors clear Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of finals

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Edward Snyder | 07 June, 2018, 11:46

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has forged his way into the NBA Finals record books once again.

With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.

But it wasn't enough in a game where the Cavaliers just have to try to outscore the Warriors because they can't get stops.

The Warriors signed Durant as a free agent after losing to Cleveland 4-3 in the best-of-7 2016 NBA Finals.

They got the triple-double from James.

Moments later, Durant delivered his dagger to silence Cleveland's crowd.

Curry couldn't seem to miss in Game 2, including a memorable long three-pointer over Kevin Love as the shot clock expired late in the third quarter that the Cavaliers never seemed to recover from.

Fans who've already navigated construction today say arrive early, park further away, or just use public transportation. So they get a lot of the attention and the pressure. Any of them can have a bad game. According to Haynes, Iguodala sprinted full speed without pain, one of the prerequisites for head coach Steve Kerr to consider putting him on the court during the NBA Finals.

"Every opportunity we get to play more minutes together, we start to figure out a better chemistry", Curry said.

On Wednesday, that joy was tested.




James had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Cleveland, but his Cavaliers will have to become the first team to climb out of a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals. Huge flames shot from the scoreboard.

Curry stood face-to-face with Perkins and the two exchanged words in front of the Cavs bench during Game 2.

Curry set NBA Finals records for threes (nine) and attempts (17) and is averaging 31 points and 8.5 rebounds in the series.

The Cavaliers opened their biggest lead of the series at 13 points and maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the first two quarters, built mostly through the shooting of James and Smith and the rebounding of Kevin Love, who has quietly had a tremendous series.

And Durant worked them with cruel efficiency.

The Warriors are now 3.5 Las Vegas favorites to win the game.

The result was one of the greatest, most lethal, and most efficient Finals games in National Basketball Association history. JaVale McGee scored on a series of lay-ups, Curry started to find his shot and Durant kept pouring in bucket after bucket.

Golden State opponents expect that. The team said after the game that he's OK. He eventually took six threes, hitting just one, but he was carrying this team.

Durant posed uncharacteristically as he released the ball.

"That was wonderful what he did out there tonight", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters.

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