Can the Cavs bounce back after a rough start to the 2017 NBA Finals?
Here we go again. Just a year ago the Cleveland Cavaliers were in this same hole that they currently face, but this isn’t the 2016 Golden State Warriors, this is the best version of the Warriors the Cavs have faced and they know it.
Going into the Finals last year the Warriors were coming off a hard-fought seven game series against the Thunder which featured Kevin Durant, now he’s apart of the Warriors and they are riding a 14-0 winning streak since the playoffs kicked off in March. Golden State not only went into Game 3 up 2-0 they embarrassed the Cavs the same way as we’ve seen now. Same as last year the series and hopes of repeating as champions comes down to Game 3. If the Warriors continue to push the pace and the Cavs end up breaking down again in the second half, there will be no repeat from last years finish.
To add fuel to the fire Kevin Durant went on to say Lebron James played a huge factor in his move over to Oakland, saying how he doesn’t see much of a difference when LeBron did it back in 2010. Obviously James didn’t go on to join a 73-win team, but you can’t blame Durant for what he said. Ultimately I believe that there’s a good chance we still get to see a great series, but it depends on Game 3. I don’t think Golden State finishes 16-0, but then again Cleveland hasn’t given me any kind of hope to make me feel comfortable when making that statement.
The keys to winning Game 3 for the Cavs is simple. Lebron James needs to continue to be the athletic freak that he is on both sides of the floor and needs to score 35+. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving not only have to be nearly perfect, they need help from their surrounding cast and whether it’s Korver, Frye, Deron Williams or Iman Shumpert the Cavs need a huge boost from their bench if they plan on extending this series any further.