J.R. Smith said his team's Game 3 loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals "hurt more" than their Game 1 loss. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". Curry (11 points) missed his first nine 3s in this one. "They're not going to beat themselves".
On home court, I'll put slightly more faith in the role players in Cleveland.
That opened the door for Jordan Bell to play 12 minutes where he scored 10 points and pulled down six rebounds. He had a career playoff-high 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting, including 6-of-9 from three-point range.
With so much traffic going on near the arena, the Cavaliers organization is recommending that anyone coming down to enjoy the game or Cavs Fan Fest arrive earlier than they'd expect to accommodate traffic.
Without Iguodala, the Warriors dispatched the Rockets in the Western Conference final series and have pushed to a 2-0 lead over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. LeBron James scored 51 points and Cleveland almost pulled off a miraculous win. The Cavaliers opted to trap Curry from the opening tip, and the Warriors countered by working the ball into Durant at the midpost and letting him go to work one-on-one.
Golden State leads the NBA Finals 2-0. He had just two points in the first half of Game 3 and was 0-for-5 on 3-point attempts when the Warriors went to the locker room at halftime trailing 58-52.
The feat gets even more impressive when you move further down the list and realize Manu Ginobili needed 218 games to hit 324 threes, and Reggie Miller, considered to be possibly the greatest shooter of all-time, accumulated 320 three-pointers in 144 games.
If the Warriors could be more consistent in bottling up James, Golden State would make beating Cleveland look a lot easier than what the Dubs did in the first two games of the series. The NBPA announced their fourth annual Players' Voice Awards at 10:46 p.m. ET, during the third quarter of Game 3 of The Finals ... a fantastic game, by the way.
James is averaging an incredible 40.0 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.5 rebounds on 55.8 percent shooting from the field and 45.4 percent shooting from long range.
James recorded his 10th triple-double of the playoffs and it didn't matter.
The Cavs kept the game close through most of the fourth quarter. "So we've just got to embrace whatever happens and look forward to a insane, crazy environment with a team that's desperate".
Iguodala is averaging 7.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in this postseason.