LeBron: 'We haven't had many playmakers' for the year

Elena Summers
June 8, 2018

As a team, the Cavaliers shot just 43 percent from the field and nine of 31 from the three-point line which was good enough to keep them in the game due to their defense, but they just had no answer for Kevin Durant who scorched them for a game-high 43 points on 15 of 23 shooting.

James admitted that the Warriors, who lead the series 3-0, are more talented than the Cavaliers.

"The one he made tonight was 4 or 5 feet behind the one he made previous year", Cavaliers forward LeBron James said.

To date, Jerry West is the only player to capture the NBA Finals MVP for a losing team, in 1969.

And although the 2018 NBA Finals still needs another Golden State Warriors win to make it official, the "death stare" felt like a silent scream that said: That's a wrap. "We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this three-game series so far, and we haven't come up with it".

James then went on to list what makes the Warriors great. "There are going to be nights like that for all of them". And then you have Draymond (Green), who is arguably one of the best defenders and minds we have in our game.

The Warriors overcame a 13-point, first-half deficit to close in on their third National Basketball Association title in four seasons.

In the beginning of Game 3, it was looking like the J.R. Smith debacle to close out regulation of Game 1 was the best chance for a road victory in the first three games.

Durant capped that half with a deep 3-pointer in the final seconds before walking toward the locker room - which served as foreshadowing. They went 7-10 in their final 17 games of the regular season. That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.

They overcame deficits of 17 and 15 points against Houston in the final two games of the Western Conference finals, the second of those on the Rockets' home floor.

But a lot of the angst won't be about the Warriors, it will be about James. ESPN NBA reporter Chris Haynes tweeted out a response from Stephen Curry, Golden State's point guard, noting that he agreed with James.

As they've done throughout the playoffs, the Warriors surged in the third quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 31-23 to take an 83-81 lead into the fourth quarter.

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