LeBron James doesn't blame himself for Cavaliers' Game 3 loss to Warriors

Danny Woods
June 8, 2017

Cleveland took its first second-half lead of the series early in the second half and led by five after three quarters. The Warriors added Durant last summer and made themselves unbeatable.

Smith has been a non-factor in the two losses, with just three points on one-of-four shooting in 28 minutes in Game One.

But the Warriors are on the precipice after taking a best shot from James and Irving - the kind of shot from which they buckled during last year's Finals.

"I operate under the assumption that our guys know what to do and they know their system", Golden State assistant and defensive specialist Ron Adams said. "I just relaxed tonight, and took good shots in rhythm".

Cleveland's two biggest stars punched back after two blowout losses in Oakland. My game is getting into the paint, shooting some outside shots when they're available. Clearly they have no real competition in the East, but the idea of running into these same Warriors in the Finals next year has to be quite daunting.

James led the way for the Cavs with a triple double posting 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. "I thought Klay, he guards so many people out there and he has such a responsibility with Kyrie (Irving) and switching onto LeBron (James), and I thought he was fantastic".

The top-seeded and undefeated Warriors, who can close out a ideal postseason run on Friday, boast a slew of weapons, most notably two-time reigning league MVP Stephen Curry and four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant.

The Cavaliers now have nothing to lose, but they may have already lost what they had left emotionally. The shot clanked out, and the Warriors went back the other way to grab ahold of the game.

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"It's the most firepower I've played in my career", said James, who played all but two minutes. They gave their best effort of the Finals and it wasn't enough.

The Cavaliers set a tone early in the game that they didn't intend to be swept. Yes, James and the Cavs beat them in seven games. These are all questions the team will have to address, because the Warriors don't appear to be going anywhere any time soon.

Well, we nearly got the series National Basketball Association fans were hoping for in the Finals.

Golden State finished the first quarter with a Finals record nine three-pointers and led by six at halftime.

But Cleveland emerged from halftime energized.

In the first two games of the Finals the scoring has been absurd. "And for us to win, I knew I to give LeBron at least a two-minute blow in that first quarter because in the second half he might not get a blow". Should the Warriors stay healthy and together - and it would cost them enormously in salaries and taxes - they should be a title threat every year. "They make you pay".

Assuming Durant opts out of his contract and signs a new one with the Warriors for slightly less than the maximum, as he indicated according to ESPN, Golden State would theoretically be able to pay key veteran role players Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston their asking price. Down the stretch, he made plays for us. As the quarter closed, Cleveland could not match Durant's will.

And with a win in game four on Friday night in Cleveland, Golden State can exorcise those haunting demons from past year when they blew a 3-1 lead in the Finals to the Cavaliers. The fact that Durant hit the shot over LeBron James' outstretched arms only makes it that much sweeter. The eight-time All-Star drilled both free throws to put the Warriors up three, 116-113. "But just the way guys have been locked in, focused on the task at hand, I mean it's been a special thing". The Warriors know they're about to see a different Cleveland team on the Cavaliers' home floor - one they'll need to counteract quickly in order to fall behind.

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