The Golden State Warriors are only one win away from capturing the Larry O’Brien Trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 118-113, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals 2017. After the game, J.R. Smith expressed his confidence that the Cavaliers can still bounce back with a controversial Twitter post.
On his Twitter account, J.R. Smith posted “Cavs in 7” right after his team suffered their third straight loss in the NBA Finals 2017. Smith’s post is not for bragging but to boost his team’s confidence and spirit. If there is an NBA team who knows how to handle such situation, it will be the Cavaliers.
Recalling last season, the Warriors emerged as the top favorite to win the championship title after establishing a 73-9 regular season record. They were close from winning a back-to-back championship after dropping a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals 2016. To everyone’s surprise, the Cavaliers pulled a miracle and became the first team to overcome a 3-1 deficit to win the championship.
NBA Finals 2017: J.R. Smith denies “Cavs in 7” tweet
Smith’s tweet makes some fans believe that the Cavaliers can make a miracle once again. However, the 31-year-old shooting guard denied that he’s the one who posted the “Cavs in 7” on his Twitter account.
“I got out of the shower and my phone was buzzing. I did not tweet that,” Smith told Cleveland.com after his postgame locker-room interview session (h/t ESPN). “I’m smarter than that.”
Despite denying the controversial post, J.R. Smith believes the Cavaliers can still bounce back. Smith has been struggling in the first two games of the Finals on both ends of the floor. He managed to show some improvement in Game 3, finishing with 16 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc.
Can the Cavaliers overcome a 3-0 deficit?
In the final minutes of Game 3, the Cavaliers looked close on getting their first win in the NBA Finals 2017. Unfortunately, Kevin Durant knocked down a three-pointer that gave the Warriors a one-point lead. LeBron James tried to answer but Andre Iguodala stopped him.
With the Cavaliers down with a 3-0 deficit, it remains a big question if they can really bounce back like they did last year. According to ESPN, the last team who overcame a 3-0 deficit was in NHL when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks in 2014. Meanwhile, in MLB, the Boston Red Sox were the only team to win four straight games to win the World Series against the New York Yankees in 2004.