A Warriors team, we might add, that will feature the same cast of characters next season.
(AP Photo/Ron Schwane). Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant speaks after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, early Thursday, June 8, 2017.
WITH ONE MINUTE to go in the third quarter of Game Three of the National Basketball Association finals overnight, Kyrie Irving scored to give the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers a seven-point lead. "The change of venue changes the dynamics, changes the emotion and we've been here the past two years and got hammered twice in Game 3, so we know what we are up against". The Warriors actually had a higher victory margin through two games in the 2016 Finals, but they didn't have Kevin Durant or a fully healthy Stephen Curry then.
Kerr could not say enough about Pachulia who has not played big minutes but has been particularly effective on Thompson.
"Just the combination of offense and defense, the talent that they've been able to amass, it puts them in position where this is a dynasty to me", ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said before the NBA Finals.
"That's a year ago and I don't even know the feeling anymore", LeBron James said.
Durant has stepped up huge through the first three games of the NBA Finals with a double-double of 34.0 points on 56.1 percent shooting from the field and 52.4 percent from 3-point range along with 10.0 rebounds per game. Or winning the first two games of the Finals past year by a combined 48 points.
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It seems just as likely that someone hacked in to his account - as he claims - because of the timing and yeah, he has matured since he got to Cleveland (especially in the face of the huge scare his family faced this year with the premature birth of his daughter).
"I thought we were much more physical, we had bodies on bodies and we have to do that against those guys, because if we let them run free, then they are even that more unsafe". "We're 3-0", said Kerr, whose team entered having won a postseason-record 14 straight games this year.
Curry hit a layup and after both James and Irving missed for the Cavs, Durant dropped his 3 - a shot that could be the one most remembered in this magnificent run by the Warriors.
"I'm not even thinking about that", Durant said. "I looked at it yesterday and the force they brought was remarkable and we didn't stand up to it". I think it's great.
"I just try to stay positive and know in the fourth that coach is going to call my number and my teammates are going to look for me and it's up to me to finish". "I want to compete for championships every year, and so we'll see what happens".
They embraced the chase a year ago but said Tuesday that they're not thinking at all about 16-0. "I don't want to relax". "I think that's what makes our team who we are".