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KD Wills GSW to Game 3 Win

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Warriors 110, Cavaliers 102 (GSW leads 3-0) 

 

Hello! My name is Conner Burks and I'm the newest member of the Rotoworld team. I'm thrilled to be here, and am excited to present my first Daily Dose.  

 

The Cavaliers were riding an eight-game home winning streak, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson hardly showed up, multiple Cavaliers not named LeBron sort of showed up, and this game had all the makings for Cleveland to get a must-win victory. But Kevin Durant had other plans as the Cavaliers failed to maintain their first-half intensity after the break, falling 110-102.  

 

After a 13-point first-half Cavalier lead dwindled to six before the half, it completely vanished within two minutes of the teams coming out of the locker rooms. It became a back-and-forth affair the rest of the way, but the Cavs never pushed it past a one-point lead in the fourth quarter. And each time they led or tied it, the Warriors came right back down on the very next possession and took the lead back. Eventually, Golden State pulled away in the final two minutes for a 110-102 victory to put a strangle hold on the series. 

 

Kevin Durant was dominant from the tip all the way until his dagger 3-pointer from the left wing late in the fourth. Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting, including making 6-of-9 3-pointers and going 7-of-7 from the charity stripe. He also added 13 rebounds, seven assists and one steal. Durant had every Warriors' rebound in the first quarter(7) and knocked down his first four shots to set the tone for the rest of the gameIt didn’t matter who Cleveland tried to put on him, he wasn’t going to be denied. He put the cherry on top with a deep three to put the game away late, that was reminiscent of Game 3 last year. Durant may have just solidified his second Finals MVP, as he’s now averaging 31.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game in this series, while shooting 55.9 percent from the field. All while Stephen Curry couldn’t buy a basket. 

 

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Curry had his worst shooting performance of not only the playoffs, but the entire season, having his lowest field goal and 3-point percentage all year going (3-of-16 from the field and 1-of-10 behind the arc). Curry finished with 11 points, five rebounds, six assists and one steal. Klay Thompson also had a poor shooting night, going 4-of-11 from the field and 2-of-5 from deep, scoring 10 points, but Durant's strong play overcame their deficiencies. 

 

Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson continued their beef from Game 1 and got chippy with each other before officials assessed a double technical. The techs came on top of Green’s three first-half fouls. Although multiple Warriors were in foul trouble in the first half, Cleveland didn’t take a single free throw until after the break. If Green gets two more techs, he’ll be suspended, although there may not be enough games left for it to happen. Green finished with 10 pointstwo rebounds, nine assists and two steals. The two boards are his lowest total of the season, other than a regular-season game against Memphis in which he only logged 10 minutes. Despite the low boards, he became the Warriors’ all-time leader in playoff rebounds. 

 

Andre Iguodala finally made his return from a knee injury after missing his last six games, sitting in street clothes since Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He came off the bench and logged 22 minutes and scored eight points. He went back into the locker room in the second quarter and appeared to have a limp, but a late fourth-quarter dunk that saw him fly in the air and hammer it down with authority makes the limp seem less worrisome. We’ll continue to monitor his status. 

 

JaVale McGee continues to come up big in small increments. McGee scored 10 points in just 14 minutes, scoring double digits in back-to-back games for the first time since April 16. He was the first Warrior in double digits after KD. Jordan Bell also added a career playoff-high 10 points. 

 

The Cavaliers came out firing early, scoring on their first five possessions, and LeBron James put an exclamation point on the hot start by throwing an alley-oop dunk to himself, which ended up being his highlight of the night. James was more passive throughout this one and missed some shots that normally fall for him. He shot 13-of-28 from the field, but still finished with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and two blocks for his tenth career Finals triple-double. 

 

Kevin Love played with an aggression and physicality we’ve been seeing throughout this series. Love recorded 15 points and 10 rebounds in just 14 minutes in the first half. He wasn’t able to produce a similar second half and finished with 20 points and 13 boards. Love’s still played solid in this series and it looks he’ll come out playing hard in Game 4, despite the 3-0 hole the Cavs find themselves in. 

 

J.R. Smith got some redemption, if you can even call it that. He scored his most points since Game 4 against Toronto in the second round with 13, but he’ll still have his Game 1, series-shifting blunder hanging over his head for the duration of the series and into the offseason.  

 

Rodney Hood finally got his chance in this series and didn’t disappoint. He played 26 big minutes, scored a postseason-high 15 points, had Cleveland career-high six rebounds, and played solid defense, getting two blocks as well. One of the blocks ended Shaun Livingston’s perfect Finals field goal percentage (Livingston was 9-of-9 for the series entering tonight). Hood probably should have gotten more run early on, but you can probably expect him to get 20-30 minutes again in Game 4. However, now that Cleveland is down 3-0 after not putting the finishing touches on Game 1, it’s probably too little, too late. No NBA team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a series. LeBron seems like he's destined to play somewhere else next season.  

 

Game 4 is on Friday night at Cleveland on ABC. We'll see you there.  



Conner is an Atlanta native who recently graduated from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism. He has been an avid follower of the NBA and fantasy hoops junkie for well over a decade. Follow him on Twitter - @ConnerBurks.
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