Despite establishing another impressive performance, LeBron James still failed to give the Cleveland Cavaliers their first win in the NBA Finals 2017. James had no regrets with the way he played in Game 3 after finishing with 39 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, one block, and one steal.
“We had some really good looks,” James said. “It’s a miss-or-make league. We make a couple, they miss a couple, and it’s the other way around. But it didn’t happen that way. For me personally, I gave everything I had tonight. So win, lose, or draw, you live with the results.”
The Cavaliers looked close from getting their first win before Kevin Durant knocked down a three-pointer with 45.3 seconds left in the game. Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver tried to answer with three-point shots but missed. After the 118-113 victory, the Warriors take a 3-0 lead, putting them closer from capturing the 2017 NBA championship title.
LeBron James: GSW’s firepower the most I’ve seen
In Game 3, the Warriors proved to be the better three-point shooting team. They shot 48.5 percent from beyond the arc while the Cavaliers only shot 27.3 percent. LeBron James praised the Warriors’ dominance on the offensive end and called them the “most firepower” he has ever played.
“I said it after we won the Eastern Conference finals that we’re getting ready for a juggernaut,” James said. “It’s probably the most, most firepower I’ve played in my career. I played against some great teams, but I don’t think no team has had this type of firepower.”
The addition of Kevin Durant undeniably made the Warriors a better team. Durant has been impressive in his first three Finals game as a Warrior. When Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson are all inside the court, the Warriors are almost unstoppable on the offensive end.
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving need help from their teammates
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points in their Game 3 loss to the Warriors. It’s the most scored by a duo in a loss in Finals history, beating the record of Jerry West and Elgin Baylor who combined for 76 points in a Los Angeles Lakers loss in the 1962 Final.
Unfortunately, the incredible performance of the two superstars isn’t enough to give the Cavaliers their first win. Other Cavaliers should step up to prevent the Warriors from making a historical postseason sweep. J.R. Smith somehow showed some improvement in Game 3 while Tristan Thompson continues to struggle in the NBA Finals 2017.
As of now, no team in the league history has bounced back from a 3-0 deficit. However, knowing how the Cavaliers captured their first NBA championship title, they may pull another miracle to win a back-to-back championship.