Just when you thought the Cleveland Cavaliers were dead, Game 3 happened. After being beat down by the Golden State Warriors in the first two games of the NBA Finals, even diehard Cavs fans lost hope. But something, or should I say everything, changed when they returned home to Quicken Loans Arena.
The desperate Cleveland team remained unbeaten at home during the playoff with a resounding 120-90 victory over the Warriors on Wednesday night. The team was without Kevin Love, who is sidelined with a concussion, but it didn’t matter at all.
LeBron James was inefficient at best in the first half, but he played on and ended the game with 32 points and 11 rebounds, making 9 of his 12 shots in the second half. He wasn’t alone, however. Point guard Kyrie Irving scored 30 points in the game, getting the team off to a strong start with 16 points in the opening quarter. JR Smith hit five 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, while Tristan Thompson dominated inside with 14 points and 13 boards.
On the other side, Steph Curry had a subpar game with just 19 points, and the other half of the Splash Brothers (Klay Thompson) had only 10.
So, will the Cavs tie up the series in Game 4? Or are we going to see a pumped up Warriors team dominate the next contest?