Game 3 of the NBA Finals started up loud and fearless for Cleveland. The Cavs came out swinging and the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena got louder and louder. But time after time throughout the game, that noise and enthusiasm of the crowd lowered all from the one and only Kevin Durant.
KD put on his best Playoff performance yet, scoring a career-high 43 points on 15-23 shooting from the field, 6-9 from beyond the arc and 7-7 from the free throw line. He also added 13 rebounds and 7 assists. It seemed like KD just chipped away all by himself at the Cavs lead, and shut the game out of reach with a final 3-point dagger from almost the exact same spot he finished the Cavs off in last years Game 3.
As for the rest of the Warriors team, they were just there to watch. Steph Curry arguably had one of his worst postseason games shooting a dreadful 3-of-16 from the three-point line. But this slump from Curry shows how good this Warriors team is. They have so many weapons in their lineup that if the teams not clicking on their offense, they have the luxury to simply hand the ball to Durant or Steph or Klay to take care of it.
On the other side, the Cavs had a collective team performance. J.R. Smith hit some big shots, Rodney Hood emerged from his postseason slumber and had a positive impression on the game, Kevin Love had a double-double and LeBron James had a quiet triple-double. The Cavs had the game, but KD couldn’t be stopped.
43-13-7 is KD’s best performance, while LeBron James has had 6 games in this postseason with over 43. Stats like KD’s are nearly looked at as a ‘Tuesday’ for LeBron. Yet James must look at KD and feel some type of jealousy. He will never be able to have an off game like Curry did.
Catch you Monday.