CLEVELAND, OHIO- Kyrie Irving bounced back from a dismal Game 2 performance by scoring 30 points and 8 assists and LeBron James helped him with 32 points and 11 rebounds as the Cleveland Cavaliers manhandle Golden State Warriors, 120-90, to cut the series deficit in 2-1 last June 9 at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Kevin Love didn’t play in Game 3 due to the concussion and the protocol that kept him from suiting up the game. J.R Smith scored 20 points, most of his shots came from the rainbow country and Tristan Thompson had a double-double performance with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Cavs went off to a furious start, holding a 20 point lead in the first quarter, 30-10, with Irving leading the way with his signature dribbling skills and pull-up jumpers. Their defense suffocated the whole Warriors team especially the Splash Brothers of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who once again struggled in finding their rhythm whole game.
2016 NBA Finals Game 4: Cleveland gains momentum
Richard Jefferson, starting for the first time since the 2003 NBA Finals where he’s a member of the New Jersey Nets, (now Brooklyn Nets), took Love’s place and he scored nine points in 33 minutes of action.
Warriors managed to cut the deficit to eight points in the second quarter and at the end of first half. 51-43, through Klay Thompson’s short run in downtown. But, entering the third and final chapters, the Cavs took control and never looked back.
Game 4 will commence on Friday and the Cavaliers are still the favorites to win the game, only in a slim chance. However, the conclusion might be Golden State in five games with the bettors giving the Warriors +170 odds to win the next two games. In closing out in six and seven games, Warriors has the odds of +225 and +250 respectively.
Meanwhile, Cleveland got +275 in odds to win their first ever title in franchise history. Going into the Game 3, Cleveland had a +475 underdog. Golden State’s odds went from -750 to -350, giving them more than a cut of a half resulted from one game.
+600 odds have been given to the Cavs to win the finals in seven games. They improved from the previous +800 odds given to them after Game 2. Four straight victories is a potential, resulting to a +1000 odds but a +1600 gave them more reasonable thought after Game 2.
A series doesn’t begin until the road team wins a single game, and that’s why the old adage states. Cleveland is 8-0 at home in the postseason after the Game 3 with an average winning margin of 28.6 points.
They are playing well in their home floor together with their rejuvenated Cleveland fans who want to see a championship celebration by their squad in Quicken Loans Arena, which has been the arena for championship ceremonies of other teams such as the Warriors in 2015 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Their bench must contribute if they want to tie the series.
For the Warriors, Curry and Thompson must step up also if they want to gain a decisive 3-1 advantage going back to Oakland wherein they had a chance to win the title and finish the series.
Luckily, their bench mob has been superb led by Andre Iguodala, Leandro Barbosa and Marresse Speights. But, they are the Splash Brothers who led the Dubs in a historic 73-9 spectacular season and people expected a big time bounce back game for them especially from the 2016 unanimous Most Valuable Player of the regular season.