The victory has the Warriors up 3-0 in the series, a deficit no team has ever come back from in the NBA Finals. So that's the luxury of having guys like that that you can always - any given moment, they can kind of go off for a game.
"Just for him, just as a person, to be healthy and be able to play in The Finals now that we're here, I think that would mean a lot to him and give us an emotional boost as well". OddsShark notes that when the Warriors are favored by 4.5 points or less they are 1-6 straight up in their last seven. Jordan played in 35 Finals games while averaging 33.6 points, 6 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 43 minutes played per game. He's still making plays and the Warriors clearly need him to finish what they've started in this series without him.
The Warriors are trying to join Bill Russell's Celtics, the Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers" trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the "80s, and Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant almost 20 years ago as the only franchises in National Basketball Association history to capture three championships in four years. Unfortunately, even if the role players for Cleveland do step up tonight, Golden State should be getting more help of their own.
Stephen Curry needed to go, so he went.
Golden State held a 3-1 lead in the 2016 Finals before the Cavs rallied to win three straight and dethrone the Dubs. Check out this end of game action in this Fantastic Finish. To put that into perspective, Curry has drilled 56 three's so far this postseason, despite sitting out the Warriors' first six playoff games (he's appeared in 13 games).
For as spectacular as LeBron James has been in the first two games, his Cleveland Cavaliers are down 2-0 largely because the Warriors' supporting cast members like Livingston and McGee - journeymen of sorts - are soundly outplaying their Cavs' counterparts. He now faces one of the tallest tasks of his career when he takes on a team that has 4 All-Stars and many quality role players. But oddsmakers aren't ruling out Kevin Durant (plus-275; 26 points and nine rebounds per game) or James (plus-375; 40 points, 10.5 assists, 8.5 boards).More news: Scooter Libby, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and others pardoned by Pres. Donald Trump
James recorded his 10th triple-double of the playoffs and it didn't matter.
Between James' groove and the spark of Cleveland's home crowd, there are enough reasons to think the Cavs can keep this close throughout the contest.
"Andre helps us in every regard, " Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before the game.
Good news for the Cavaliers: They finally got a free throw attempt, after LeBron James' basket early in the second half. The veteran swingman has missed six games since then.
Rodney Hood saw his first real minutes in the series and scored 15 of Cleveland's 23 bench points, going 7-for-11 from the field.