LeBron James may be at the door.
But, and keeping in mind that these words are being written with Game 3 still on tap for Wednesday night, the Finals between the Warriors and Cavs have not been total walkovers. "[That's why they] went out and got KD, to where there's really not much pressure on - you know, I won't say "any of them" to score, but if one of them has a bad game, they have three or four guys that can actually pick up the load".
Behind the argument that the Warriors are just a Green suspension away from a four-peat is the feeling that Golden State is simply dramatically better than Cleveland.
The names of Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver and even Smith, cropped up as to provide the needed support for Lebron to avoid falling into a 4-0 sweep or 3-1 hole when the playoff return to the Bay Area. And they happen to be 8-1 at Quicken Loans Arena in these playoffs.
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"We feel like we feed off our crowd", Love said on Sunday night.
Will the Cavaliers respond on their home court with an inspired performance, or will the Warriors assert control of the series with a dominant showing?. "We know coming on the road is going to be tougher". "They're wonderful. So it will be nice when we can just get back to normal ... in three years".
Head coach Tyronn Lue said the Cavaliers can't win without being more physical, a point James agreed with.
James said he learned Trump had uninvited the Eagles on his way to the podium and said he hadn't digested the information yet. Defensive help, too, and that's possible - not guaranteed but possible - in Cleveland where the Cavs and their role players tend to play better. For ourselves and for our fans, we've got to go out there and give everything we've got. We should still be uncomfortable. Curry is as beloved in the Bay Area as much as any athlete is in any city, and he's the single player who is most associated with turning the Warriors from the 26-win team they were in his rookie season into the powerhouse they are today. "Look, we're not broken", Lue said on Saturday. "We've just got to come out, stick to our game plan, keep playing hard and we'll be fine".
The celebratory visits have been an issue in the National Basketball Association since the Warriors' Stephen Curry said a year ago that he had no interest in going and James supported Curry on Twitter. But he trusted them, and said with a confidence only he could have, "That's why we're going to another Finals, because my teammates played a hell of a game".
With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - nearly from the same spot from where he hit one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.