In the post-season thus far Cleveland has been dominant on their home floor. After losing by a total of 48 points in Games 1 and 2, the Cleveland Cavaliers responded well in front of their home crowd by blowing out the Warriors by thirty points. James had called it “do or die” for Cleveland before Game 3, and that’s exactly what we saw last night.

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There were millions of questions surrounding the Cavs heading back to the Quicken Loans Arena, starting with Kevin Love who had sat out Game 3, after sustaining a concussion in the previous game. Head coach Tyronn Lue started 35 year-old veteran Richard Jefferson (9 points 4-7 FG) giving a boost to the Cavs, as they matched the Warriors small ball line-up. All of the Cavs starting five came to life last night lighting up the scoreboard. Lebron James (32 points 14-26 FG) returned to form not allowing GS to get back into the game. Kyrie Irving (30 points 12-25 FG) finally looked like the man on a mission we were hoping to see after missing last years Finals. Kyrie scored 16 of his 30 points in the first quarter. Hopefully Kyrie could end the trend that was going so bad for him in Games 1 and 2, and can live up to the hype the rest of the Finals. J.R. Smith (20 points 7-13 FG, 5-10 3-pt FG) is another player who has been so inconsistent for Cleveland, finally showed up last night pouring it on from 3-pt land. Tristan Thompson (14 points 5-6 FG, 13 Rebounds) bullied his way in the way finishing the game with a double-double.

On a night where Golden State could’ve come in and put a stamp on the Finals, they were an absolute mess. GS shot just 42.1 percent from the field, and went 9-33 3-pt FG as a team. Stephen Curry (19 points 6-13 FG) was nowhere to be found disappearing from Game 3. Klay Thompson (10 points 4-13 FG) couldn’t dig himself out of the hole he was in last night, even if his life depended on it. Thompson did give GS a scare, leaving in the first quarter with a thigh bruise after crashing into Timofey Mozgov trying to set a screen. Draymond Green (6 points 2-8 FG) was ice-cold, and no help for his team after lighting up the Cavs for 28 points on Sunday.  Harrison Barnes (18 points 7-11 FG) had a solid game, but it wasn’t merely enough to keep them in it.

The Cavs had to win Game 3, that was a must. Game 4 feels the same way as Cleveland can’t afford to go back to Oracle Arena down 1-3 for a Game 5. It’s going to be interesting to see if Cleveland can keep the do or die attitude the rest of the way. Three games into the Finals and we still haven’t seen a close game. They’ve been blowouts so far. Harrison Barnes told the media that Game 4 would be a different after getting blown out in Game 3. To me, Cleveland still has to figure it out with their bench. There’s no question that their starting 5 is sensational and unstoppable when they’re feeling it, but nobody off the bench gave Cleveland the production they could’ve used if they were to be trailing in a game. Game 4 tips-off Friday 9:00 PM ET.

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