In game 3 of the NBA Championship Finals, the Cavs gave the Warriors a lesson in chemistry at Quicken Loans Arena – doing it with LeBron and a lot of brawn.
Cleveland’s new dynamic duo of James, and Dellavedova made up for 60 of the Cavs 96 points, helping them escape a late Golden State 4th quarter rally, to take a 2-1 series lead.
Matthew Dellavedova was everywhere the Warriors didn’t want him to be. LeBron may be the king of triple doubles, but tonight, Dellavedova had a triple D of his own; dishing, diving, and defending all evening long, much to the dismay of his counterpart, MVP, Stephen Curry.
For the first 2 quarters, Curry was more like the MVPee U – scoring 3 pitiful points, then in the 2nd half, he got very hot in Cleveland, collecting 24 more, helping Golden State erase a 20 point deficit.
But, an overturned call, Klay Thompson clearly out of bounds reaching for the ball in Dellavedova’s hands, and another officiating call missed, Iquodala fouled on an attempt from behind the arc, put the game out of their reach.
The worry with the Warriors is that they are on the outside looking to be inside. For the second game in a row, their 3’s were not falling in, and the shot that all season has been their bread and butter, has now become the bane of their existence.
Other big issues for Golden State – Harrison Barnes played 19 minutes with nothing to show for it – going 0-9 from the field, turning the ball over 3 times. Draymond Green didn’t make much of a dent, and Klay Thompson didn’t make much of a splash brother splash, coming up 20 shy of his previous 34. The bright spot from the bench was David Lee, in his first appearance of the Finals, contributing 11 points in 13 minutes of play. We’re sure to see more of him in game 4.
So far, I’m a bit stunned that Golden State is on the losing side of this NBA battle. And although it was exciting to see them claw their way back from the dead, they’re not going to beat LeBron and his pumped up team of players if they continue to cram for exams.