Cleveland Cavaliers 96 – 91 Golden State Warriors
Cleveland lead the finals 2-1
The first game of the 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio, and The Cavaliers did not disappoint their fans. Without 2 key all-star players, it is really up to LeBron James to shoulder the burden of a franchise waiting 51 years, for its first NBA title. James did not disappoint with another masterful performance as the Cavaliers take game 3, up 2-1 in the NBA finals. Just 2 more victories for the Cavaliers to win the title.
The Cavaliers were in control for most of the game, outscoring the Warriors for 3 quarters, including a 20 point lead. They managed to survive a 4th Quarter onslaught when the Warriors rallied. Stephen Curry rediscovered his scoring touch, scoring 17 in the 4th. Cavaliers had a 92-83 lead cut to just a few points, with just 51 seconds. The young cavs held their nerves.
James lead the Cavaliers with 40 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists has been unstoppable. He has scored 123 points in all 3 matches and has played 142 of 154 minutes in the 3 games. If there was another player from the team who has stepped up, it is Dellavedova, who scored 20 points in game 3. Warriors were led in game 3 by Curry who had 27 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Cavaliers will want to build on their momentum and win game 4, as they take a 3-1 lead before the game returns to Bay area. The will however be worried about the true extent of the injury of Iman Shumpert who was injured in a collision with Draymond Green. He returned but played with 1 hand. The Cavaliers will also be vary of the warriors scoring flurry in the death as they nearly avoided defeat.
The Warriors on the other hand will need to regian their offensive prowess. Nothing seems capable of defeating LeBron James, other than scoring more points!! David Lee had a solid impact, which should open a window for the Veteran to play more, having missed Game 1 and 2. The warriors will want to keep up the scoring and avoid giving cheap fouls.
MVP Curry is however optimistic, mentioning this in the post-match interview, “I think I found something when it comes to how I’m going to be able to attack their pick-and-rolls,” Curry said. “I’ll keep that in the memory bank going into Game 4.” Klay Thomson is confident they will win the series if they regain their offensive prowess.