Game 3 went down as a loss, and now the Cavaliers find themselves in the hole from which no National Basketball Association team has ever escaped. Game 3 is Wednesday in Cleveland (9 p.m. ET, ABC). This time, there was no "Cavs in 7" tweet, but Smith joked Thursday that he wanted to tweet it.
"That was unbelievable", said Klay Thompson, contemplating Durant's efficient 43-point barrage on Wednesday night. "I think that was mostly it".
After Hood made a jumpshot to give Cleveland an 87-86 lead, Durant hit a pull-up 2-pointer on the other end to retake the lead.
It has been widely reported the likes of the Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers are the favourites to sign James.
Cleveland Cavaliers fans who have been upset with the officiating in the NBA Finals thus far, or any hoops fan looking to voice their displeasure with the officiating, can look forward to chirping at the refs directly during tonight's Game 3.
Tyronn Lue finally gave Rodney Hood a chance - the mid-season acquisition's chemistry with LeBron has been iffy, but in a series where the Cavs need shot creation he is their second best at that.
Game 1 of this series will be remembered by how Cleveland let it get away; the botched rebound by Smith to be forever played as one of those quintessential wish-you-had-it-back moments.
While the Cavaliers are now a long shot to win the Finals, expect James and company to show pride and fight for respect on Friday night. Cleveland shot 50 percent in the second quarter (13-for-26) which included three 3-pointers, and the Cavaliers pushed their lead to as many as 13.
Curry, sharp-shooting Klay Thompson, fiery Draymond Green and 2015 Finals MVP Andre Iguodala make up an All-Star-studded squad trying to repeat after James thwarted that quest two years ago when the Cavs stopped the defending champs.
Corral Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson: The Cavs defense did this admirably in Game 3, holding the "Splash Brothers" to a combined 7-for-27 shooting from the field and 3-for-15 from the 3-point line.
Friday, June 8: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.
"I mean, you guys ask me what is the difference between the Warriors - you guys asked me this last year, what was the difference between the Warriors the previous year and this year, and what was my answer?" The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors.
But throughout the Finals, the production has certainly been lacking from the majority of the Cleveland players outside of James and Love.
"We've just got to come out with a good game plan. I don't buy this whole thing that he's playing with a bunch of garbage". I saw a different perspective just being out and how to deal with it.