Cavs' Smith says Game 3 defeat hurts more

Cavs' Smith says Game 3 defeat hurts more

"Holding Steph to 11 points and Klay to 10, you would think you would win that game", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after Game 3. For James, this is not uncharted territory being the underdog.

Besides Iguodala himself, no one is looking forward to his return more than Kerr, who has frequently voiced his admiration for the 2015 finals MVP.

LeBron James is on.

McGee got the Warriors off and running in Game 2 with two easy dunks to open the game.

And, as we know, no team is ideal - especially not these Cavs.

The Cavs weren't the one-man team they often seem to be in the first half, with James, Smith and Love all scoring in double digits as Love led the way with 15 points to go with 10 first-half rebounds. "He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen".

Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start.

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"Don't get me wrong, every time I make a shot in the National Basketball Association I get excited". After they wasted a 51-point effort by James - with a reversed official's call, missed free throw by George Hill and bone-headed move from J.R. Smith - and let Game 1 slip away in overtime, and following Stephen Curry's 3-point barrage in Game 2, the Cavs are faced with the reality that their season, unusual as it has been to this point, is in serious jeopardy.

Two Finals games after, it turns out the negative reaction was exaggerated, of course. Durant is giving the Warriors 26 points and nine boards so far in the Finals.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time field goals playoff record. They lost the rebounding battle 47-37, but dished out 27 assists and just 10 turnovers compared to Cleveland's 20 assists and 13 turnovers. The Cavs' lead dwindled when they went to their bench, but Cleveland looked in its zone holding a 58-49 lead with the second-quarter clock winding down. Cleveland rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 in 2016 to claim the first title for a major professional sports franchise in Cleveland since the 1964 Browns.

When he takes the floor, it'll be for the 238th playoff game of his career. Coach Steve Kerr said the 34-year-old has improved. Every other active player combined have three.

The Cavs needed a strong start, and they got it helped by a playground move from James. What was that people were saying about him struggling a couple games back?

James simply can't do it all for this team. In addition to James' typical dominance as both scorer and facilitator, Kevin Love turned in one of his finest Finals efforts during the Cavs' four-year run, pacing Cleveland before halftime.

Rising Junior in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and Intern for COED Media Group.

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