"They took care of home court".
After Game 3, they did just that. They had the Warriors again treating the basketball as if it were nuclear waste. Kyrie Irving had 38 points, six rebounds, and three assists of his own as the two Cleveland stars put up Herculean efforts on Wednesday night.
Everything they wanted. Pace, physical nature, venue, support.
A ideal postseason only happens because people who can afford to slack off instead dig even deeper for newfound contributions they can bring to the team. But I never felt bad about the 3-1 joke because that was just a coping mechanism.
Let's give credit where credit is due, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were wonderful tonight. It would have been 2-1 Warriors had Durant not hit that shot.
It was the biggest shot of his career, one made in a moment that solidified him as one of the game's greatest closers.
There was no question about the entertainment value of much of the game, especially a predictably torrid start for teams that had been off and resting for two days.
Irving missed an off-balance 3-pointer and Durant and Curry each made two free throws on the next Golden State possessions to seal Cleveland's fate. Will this go down in history as "The Deron Williams Game"? Every miss was huge, but perhaps the killer was Kyle Korver missing a corner 3-pointer off a James feed with 52.5 seconds remaining.
Durant and Curry lead from the front.
"All I was looking at was the bottom of the net", Durant said. Jordan's first title team in 1991 is one of three squads that went 15-2. "And for us to win, I knew I to give LeBron at least a two-minute blow in that first quarter because in the second half he might not get a blow".
On the next possession, Irving tried to go to work on Thompson, eventually finding himself on that same spot on the right wing where he won the NBA Finals previous year. So I never really understand that, nor do I get off into it. Me personally I gave everything I have. Steve Kerr kept telling his players that the Cavaliers would get exhausted and, eventually, they did.
Durant pushed the rebound into the frontcourt and, without hesitation, pulled up for a deep transition 3.
James, who played 45 minutes, refused to blame fatigue for the Warriors' comeback. "I gave everything that I had, so at times throughout the game I was exhausted, but that's just because I was just playing as hard as I could".
Are we going to discredit it because people this talented shouldn't also be allowed to use the best materials?
The Cavaliers now need to win on Friday night just to stay alive in the series.
And despite Irving. And despite James.
He's just going up against a better team. James went into Game Three with 1,136 points in the Finals, seventh all-time.
Yet the overall drive exhibited by these Warriors is unlike anything they have shown before.