LeBron James Shouldn't be the Finals MVP

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The shot stretched the Warriors' lead to 14 points and put Cleveland's resistance to bed, much as his 29 points carried the Warriors to a win in Game 1, which they could have lost had it not been for JR Smith's blunder.

Another chance was wasted, and the season is now just about over.

Kendrick Perkins had a warning for the Warriors before Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

"Both those guys just stayed ready for whatever their role was going to be", Curry told ESPN after the game. We really get up to play at home. Tomorrow we'll come in and watch film, so it will replay in my mind throughout the day.

James was fantastic, again: 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

Television cameras appeared to catch Smith telling team-mate LeBron James that he thought the Cavs were ahead after the fourth quarter ended. "It's been a tough series for Kyle", Love said. And still the Cavs fell short as the Warriors rode Kevin Durant's 43 points of brilliance to a 110-102 victory and a suffocating 3-0 NBA Finals lead.

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Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert tweeted an image of the half-time box score noting the fact the Cavs didn't attempt a free throw in the first half, deleting it shortly after. But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year. "I don't think so", Lue said.

Smith became one of the big Game 1 stories for all the wrong reasons. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals, but that was when Durant was still playing for Oklahoma City.

They were asking for trouble.

"I'm optimistic Andre will play at some point in the series", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday. They're going to be ready and fired up. That's what this team does. They missed five of those uncontested shots. It was hard to watch Game 2 play out and not think about what could have been had Cleveland properly closed out Game 1. James elaborated on the challenge the Warriors present since adding Durant. All other players in Finals history have logged a combined four 30-point triple-doubles.

A bounce here, a couple stops there, the Cavs could be leading in these finals and the conversation would be different. And James gave the crowd and the basketball world something to see. But he's not going anywhere, even mentally, until this series is over.

"I'm always a person the fans like to talk to and heckle", Smith said. They feed off the familiarity with not only being home but being on their home floor, having their own locker and things of that nature. When I wake up Friday morning I'll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. "How much more picking up of teammates do you want me to do?"