Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

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

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

The Warriors could be champions again as early as Friday night, and this crown - after experiencing plenty of turbulence this season - would most definitely be one to savor.

"Kevin was the story in the first half, just keeping us in it", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I really think Fiz can get in his ear and make that happen". After Curry had a big Game 2 with 33 points, Game 3 was Durant's turn. That came when his teammates were an uncharacteristic 1-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Durant, though, has the clearest path to the MVP trophy after a virtuoso 43-point performance in Game 3. The Warriors trailed 58-52 at halftime, but without Durant putting on an offensive clinic, the Cavs certainly would have been up by double-digits.

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. That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn't finish the job while being presented with serious adversity.

On the ensuing possession, Durant drove, then dished for an easy basket for Andre Iguodala.

LeBron lumped IQ with decision-making and claimed that Cleveland's lack of it might have caused two of their three losses. "The one he made tonight was about 4 or 5 feet behind the one from past year".

LeBron James called Draymond Green the "catalyst" for the Golden State Warriors defense on Thursday, citing just how important Green is to the Warriors smothering rotations and paint protection on that end of the court. There will be a parade in the Bay Area before long, championship rings to hand out and another banner to unfurl on opening night next season, and more free agents likely will take a look at signing with Golden State in an effort to add to their own jewelry collections.

Cavaliers center Kevin Love appeared overcome with childlike joy watching LeBron James make a spectacular dunk in the first half. That point was driven home seven-feet deeper this time. He also wanted his team to be more physical than they were in the two games played on Golden State's floor to start the series.

But James - tagged as the greatest player of his generation - let everyone knew that yes, they were similar, but not exactly the same. "That's what he does. He's a scorer. You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there".

It might be a different year, but it's the same story.

"I'm not done playing basketball yet so I don't look at these as defining moments", Durant said.

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