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3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors

09 June 2018

"He's an assassin. That was one of those assassin plays right there". "Not winning four, but winning Game 4, so that's all we're going to focus on".

So if Friday night was it - if that sweep was as good as it gets - just remember: these Warriors were special. "Even when you do defend them well, they've got guys like Steph and KD who can make unbelievable shots".

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cavs 4-0 in the best-of-seven championship series, but it was after the opening over-time loss in California when James injured himself.

But let's stop for a second and recognize how absurd this Warriors group has been.

Golden State then outscored the Cavaliers by 12 points in the third quarter. "The third year in Chicago was so hard, and we were running on fumes in the '98 Finals".

"I think maybe the greatest testament to LeBron is that five years ago he was one of the top five players of all time", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Could we see the same thing happen this year? It's been our most hard season.

"Self-inflicted, post-game after game one".

I guess the best analogy is bones are like eggs.

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J.R. Smith proved in the last two Finals that he just isn't the player that he once was.

The question now is whether it was James' final home game for Cleveland, with free agency looming this summer.

And afterwards it was reported that the 33-year-old played with a broken hand for the last three games of the series, having punched the dressing room wall after Cavs' opening defeat in Oakland.

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"I've got a big smile on my face right now", Curry said.

"He's a bad boy and I love having him on our team".

"I tried to prepare the team for it, I tried to prepare myself for it, but you just can't - you can't prepare, because the exhaustion sets in, the frustration..."

Fans chanted "M-V-P" to James in the final minutes, sensing his possible exit again.

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On at least four occasions since James returned to the Cavs in 2014, he's said he intends to finish his career in Cleveland. There was no way the Cavs could hold out hope of any comeback and Bron and coach Tye Lue knew it. But after a game like that, I'm not in any position to talk about that.

Stephen Curry, who has been brilliant throughout the finals, put up another scoring clinic with 37 points, including 7 three pointers.

For Golden State, this adds to their 2015 and 2017 titles with Curry stating afterwards that his side "just know how to win".

"This is about the journey, getting up every day and going to work with these guys, it was awesome", Durant said. We can't get enough of this feeling.

The Cavaliers would come no closer in the second half. But that Cavs team, which included Kyrie Irving, had a lot more going for it than this year's team.

Durant becomes the 11th player to win Finals MVP twice, joining six-time victor Michael Jordan, three-timers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan and LeBron James, and two-timers Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, Willis Reed and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

James was removed with 4:03 remaining and congratulated the Warriors before taking a seat on the bench.

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3 takeaways from Game 3 vs. Warriors