Can the Cavs bounce back in Cleveland?

    by dustan.copeland on June 7th, 2017

    This may sound redundant, but don’t count the Cavs out just yet. Though I said those exact words on Sunday, it needs to be repeated. After the first two games of last season’s Finals, nearly everyone dismissed the Cavs. Remember what happened? LeBron and Kyrie led Cleveland back to a series victory, allowing only one more win from Golden State.

    Don’t get it twisted—Golden State looks better than good. They look fantastic. Kevin Durant is making up for lost time outside of the Finals. Steph Curry is finally playing at his full health. And, after a playoff run of poor shooting, Klay Thompson finally came out of his shell in Game 2. The Warriors look unbeatable and have a great shot at finishing this playoff season undefeated. But I just would never count out LeBron James and Cleveland after two games. There’s still plenty of basketball to be played, and the Cavs will certainly reassess their game plan.

    Tonight, we’ll see if they’ve made the right corrections. Here’s how Game 3 of the NBA Finals look as the series heads to Cleveland.

    WARRIORS VS CAVALIERS

    Oddsshark.com has this game going a little closer than the previous two. However, they still have Golden State taking a 3-0 lead in Cleveland, winning by a score of 112-110. They aren’t alone in this prediction. Many analysts and odd-makers pegged the Warriors to win. Durant and Steph are both playing at an MVP level. When you have two guys like that on your squad, things get difficult for the other team.

    However, I’m going to make a different prediction than the odds-makers. If you were paying attention, Cleveland hung tight in the first half of the game. Sure, there were a couple of runs from Golden State that nearly put the Cavs out of the game in the 2nd quarter. But the Cavs kept coming at the Warriors. It was in the 3rd quarter that Golden State started to click and put Cleveland out of reach. That’s what they’ve done all season, all postseason, and so far with the Cavs in the Finals. They run the other team to the point of exhaustion, leaving stars like LeBron James completely out of gas by the time the 4th quarter begins.

    The Cavs’ role players have to figure out something. As of right now, what they are doing just isn’t working. Guys like Tristan Thompson and JR Smith—both of which have had extremely disappointing performances so far—have to fill in the gaps. Klay Thompson is shutting down Kyrie Irving on defense, so those role guys have to do their part in order for this game not to become too lopsided.

    And, to be honest, I think that a home-floor is exactly what those guys need. If they feel confident, that 3-0 lead doesn’t happen. We’ll see another big performance by LeBron because that’s just what LeBron does. Kevin Love will get his stats on offense. Kyrie will create opportunities for himself if the rest of the team clicks. All in all, the Cavs may actually outplay the Warriors tonight.

    Cavs win, 112-108.

     Filed under: Sports, NBA Basketball, Playoffs, Finals, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers

    18 Comments

    gamer1: I hope your prediction comes
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:21

    I hope your prediction comes out to be true. Go Cavs!

    pokoracle: I think it will be a close
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:27

    I think it will be a close game tonight. I say the Cavs will take it 107 to 98. I hope the games continue.

    junglefever: I am not sure. I still think
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 16:30

    I am not sure. I still think the Warriors will take this win too. I am rooting for the Cavs as most people are. I just want the Championship to continue for a bit more.

    rebel D: I will have to predict the
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:38

    I will have to predict the Warriors will win this one too. My prediction is 110 to 93.

    Prince: I agree with this prediction.
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:42

    I agree with this prediction. I think the Cavs will take it tonight.

    MrMiyagi: Tonights game will definitely
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 19:43

    Tonights game will definitely be a good one. The Cavaliers will have to bring their "A" game. I hope they do.

    jjlove: I am just hoping that the
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 00:14

    I am just hoping that the Cavs step it up!

    slayer: I hope the Cavaliers show up
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 00:45

    I hope the Cavaliers show up tonight!

    Stryker: Warriors up in the half.! Go
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 02:20

    Warriors up in the half.! Go Warriors!

    NoChill: Its turning out to be a great
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 02:21

    Its turning out to be a great game! I think the Cavs will take this one.

    tony.martinez: What a game. Great call
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 05:05

    What a game. Great call Dustan and KD with the big shots to cover!

    pokerman: It was a very good game. I
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:08

    It was a very good game. I really thought the Cavs had it ! Ugh!

    Prince: It was definitely a nail
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:09

    It was definitely a nail biter all the way to the end. It was disappointing.

    Messi: I really believed that the
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 13:11

    I really believed that the Cavaliers had it under their belt. In the NBA just like in the NFL a few minutes is an eternity.

    Brandon0888: It was great game overall. I
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 14:11

    It was great game overall. I really wish the Warriors would have won.

    dubbydubdub: The game was great but I was
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 17:17

    The game was great but I was hoping that the Cavaliers would stay alive. I just think the Warriors are going to take it all the way.

    slayer: It was a great game for sure.
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 18:03

    It was a great game for sure. I think its time for the Cavs to give up on their dream of owning this year's championship.

    rebel D: Sad day for the CAvs
    Thu, 06/08/2017 - 20:10

    Sad day for the CAvs yesterday. I hope they win at least the upcoming game.

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