By: Brian Akins / @Brian_on_WNML
The Warriors of Golden State went up 3-0 on the Cleveland Cavaliers after their 110-102 victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Warriors were led by Kevin Durant’s 43 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists.
Cleveland started off the first quarter very hot taking a 14-4 lead in the first quarter, forcing Golden State to take an early time out. However, after the half the Warriors took off on one of their famous third quarter runs. Cleveland was unable to do enough to take a home win in Game 3 and now face a must win game if they want their season to continue.
Keys to the Game for Cleveland:
Defense: Cleveland must play solid on the ball defense. Cleveland brought themselves back into the 2016 NBA Finals against Golden State by playing strong defense. The Cavs’ defense in the 2016 series forced the Warriors to take bad shots, take contested shots, make bad ill-advised passes and forced multiple turnovers. Those were keys to Cleveland overcoming a 3-1 deficit and winning the series.
Offense: Cleveland needs to have offensive variety from everyone that touches the floor. The Cavs cannot rely solely on LeBron James and Kevin Love in Game 4. They need JR Smith to repeat the type of performance he had in Game 3, Tristan Thompson needs to perform at a high level, Kyle Korver needs to be effective when he comes off of the bench and anyone coming off the bench needs to do as much as possible to be effective for Cleveland.
Home Floor Advantage: Quicken Loans Arena is one of the home court advantages in the NBA, so Cleveland needs to take advantage of their home court advantage by keeping the crowd into the game and keeping the arena energized. Cleveland is historically dominate at home, so they must continue that trend to keep their season alive and bring this series to 3-1.
Game 4 is going to be a very exciting game as LeBron James and the Cavs face the potential end of their season tonight, so they will not go down without a fight. Can Cleveland save their season? Will Golden State win another championship? We will know tonight.