CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are facing elimination in a sweep of the NBA Finals tonight in Cleveland after a heartbreaking loss in Game 3 to the Golden State Warriors.
In a game that felt like it was the Cavs’ for the taking with a couple minutes to play, Kevin Durant took over instead and sent the Cavs into a deep 0-3 hole that nobody has ever climbed out of. Durant had 43 points to lead the Warriors and finished the job with a deep three pointer with a minute to go that put Golden State up six and sealed their victory.
LeBron James had a 33-point triple-double to lead the Cavs and Kevin Love helped with 20 points of his own, but it was the defensive side of the court where the Cavs lost the game. Every time the Cavs went up one point in the last few minutes, they couldn’t find a way to get a stop and go up by multiple possessions, and Durant and the Warriors took advantage as Golden State won 110-102.
An 0-3 series hole is almost impossible to overcome. It would certainly be nice for the Cavs to get at least one win in the NBA Finals with a victory tonight. There’s a reason nobody has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit. On paper, it is practically impossible, but the talk for the Cavs can’t be about coming back from any deficit. They need to avoid getting swept on their home floor tonight. If nothing else, pride should be enough to get motivated enough for Game 4.
I guess you can’t come back from 0-3 and win four straight without winning the first one, right?
Game 4 of the NBA Finals tips off tonight at 9:00pm ET on ABC.
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