Kyle Korver missed a crucial three-pointer that could have strengthened the Cleveland Cavaliers’ chance of winning the Game 3 of the NBA Finals 2017. LeBron James, who set up the play for Korver, has no regrets about his decision to pass the ball instead of driving inside the basket.
“If I could have the play over again, I would come off a screen situation. Draymond [Green] would switch on me with five fouls. I would get him leaning. I would drive left. I would see [Durant] step up. I would see Stephen Curry drop on Kevin [Love]. And I would see Kyle Korver in the corner, one of the greatest 3-point shooters in this league’s history, and give him an opportunity in the short corner,” James said, explaining what he saw on the play. “I would do the same exact thing.”
Kyle Korver’s missed 3-point shot Game 3’s turning point
With less than a minute left in Game 3, LeBron James orchestrated the play for the Cavaliers. He drove inside the basket and found Kyle Korver open in the corner. Unfortunately, Korver missed the three-pointer that could have stretch their lead to five.
Kevin Durant grabbed the rebound and knocked down a three-pointer in front of James to give the Warriors a one-point lead. James tried to answer but Andre Iguodala stopped him from releasing the ball. The Warriors hit another basket to seal their third straight victory against the Cavaliers.
The outcome of the game could have been different if James didn’t pass the ball to Korver. However, “The King” stood firm with his decision. James said that he would do the same thing if he’s given the opportunity to turn back time.
Korver is one of the best three-pointers in the league history. He shot 59 percent on left corner 3-pointers during the season and was 7-of-14 on the same spot in the playoffs. However, like other superstars, Korver also missed shots even during the times when his team needs it the most.
Cavs not yet giving up on defending NBA title
Despite being down 3-0, LeBron James and the Cavaliers are not yet giving up on winning the 2017 NBA championship title. However, this time, they will need to pull a bigger miracle than they did last year.
“My mindset is to try to get every game,” James said. “It’s been a long season, and you hate for it to end this way. So mentally and physically, I got to prepare myself for that.”