Published: Fri, June 09, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

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That one hurt so so so badly. Just when things were looking up, Kevin Durant came in and snatched mine and every Cleveland Cavaliers' fan heart straight out from their chest, and then proceeded to swallow it whole.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played for a couple of dynasties himself with the Chicago Bulls and Spurs, was on the 72-win Chicago team in 1996 that built a 3-0 lead over the Seattle SuperSonics in the Finals. If the Cavaliers want to make history once again, they'll have to pull off the damn near impossible. Let's run through what exactly we learned from a demoralizing Game 3 loss. Just one more made basket to make it a two-possession game and the Warriors chances of a comeback become reduced to nearly nothing.

The loss all but ended the Cavs season.

Kevin Durant had been waiting his whole life to sink the three-pointer that lifted Golden State over Cleveland and put him on the brink of an National Basketball Association championship. Just as the Cavaliers had revived their chances in the series, Durant drilled the three, devastating all 20,000-plus fans in Quicken Loans Arena and the millions of others watching across the globe.

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If LeBron and Durant traded places, the Warriors would still be on the verge of a sweep. They've given long-term contracts to James, Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert, an excellent core that simply isn't enough against the Warriors.

He'll try to match that intensity in Game 4, but you can see that his body is hurting. Putting your head down and quick-shooting over LeBron James in the last minute of an NBA Finals is as clutch as it gets. "But right now, our season's on the line, and we just have to play". "Like, I don't think if they won this, and he averaged 15, 17 points a game, and Klay and Draymond or Steph lead them ..." Richard Jefferson? You get the point. Unfortunately, it wasn't a collective effort.

Then there's the most famous player in the world.

Green was notoriously suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals last season. By comparison, they have won games by 20 or more points four times.

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Just as many had picked out during the first two games of the NBA Finals, LeBron James' rampaging pace is near impossible to steadily keep up for a total of four quarters.

Marreese Speights, who played for the Warriors from 2013 through 2015, criticized James for the move. Until Durant emerged in this year's Finals, challenging James for supremacy, Cleveland's favorite son has always been the best player on the court. Just a wow stat. He has also taken pressure off of Stephen Curry, who struggled in the first two Finals series against Cleveland but has been brilliant this time around. Starting center Tristan Thompson, and reserves Richard Jefferson, Deron Williams and Iman Shumpert combined to go 0-for-8 with three points in almost 54 minutes. "But that team, they knew what they were about". They needed more. The Cavs now find themselves in the same position, but there's no simple rout to meaningfully improving their team.

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Durant never demanded he'd get to take the biggest shot of the NBA Finals.

Iguodala scored seven points and had five rebounds and five assists in the 118-113 victory. It's becoming obvious that the Cavs are going to have to play even better than their best if they want to take even one game in this series. "And I'm not one to judge and say if it's fair or not if guys are adding players to their team". But that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could.

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