NBA Finals 2018: Golden State Warriors wins Game 3 at Cleveland


NBA Finals 2018

The repeat of events from last year in the Finals. The Golden State Warriors wins Game 3 over the Cleveland Cavaliers, 110-102, with a commanding 3-0 series lead.

The home team Cavs were off to an early start of good offense and 2nd chance points. Well-distributed effort from their players and as early as the first half, most of them were already on the scoreboard, and finished 29 points a-piece in the first two quarters with the biggest lead of 13.

LeBron James and Kevin Love were present as always with 33 and 20. JR Smith having the best game of the series infront of the home crowd, hitting three 3’s, for a team combined 9-31 from the rainbow territory.

The X-Factor? Rodney Hood showing today tallying 15-off-the bench points on a 7-11 shooting. 8 players of this Cleveland team were able to score. But, obviously it was not enough.

As what we have seen all year long, the Warriors started to take over in the 3rd period, outscoring the opponent 31-23. Led by no other than Kevin Durant, who had 43 points, for 65% FG on a 15-23 shooting.

Eight players from the Dubs were also on the scoreboard, includes the returning Andre Iguodala who contributed 8 points.

We have not seen much of Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. But, the 2-time MVP sank his only 3-point shot which gave them a 4-point lead and probably the dagger to assure their victory.

How about Kevin Durant? Was this the replay from last year? When he made that 3 under a minute left, I just realized that it is his time to shine after being in the shadows of Steph the last 2 games. What a luxury for this GSW team to have these 4 all stars and a deep bench.

So, the question is. Are we going to see another repeat of last year wherein the Cavs took Game 4 at home? Then, Game 5 shifts back to the Bay and dominated the opponent as they reclaimed the crown?

Lastly, we saw a better team effort today from the wine and gold team with few players stepping up. Interestingly, The King still played 46-47 minutes.

Game 4 is on Saturday still at the Q. Will there be a sweep? Or will the defending champions wants to celebrate in the Bay Area on Tuesday? (Elli Bryan Fajarito for Barako PH)

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