The Golden State Warriors cleared Andre Iguodala to play in Game 3 of the title series against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, following a six-game absence to deal with a bone bruise around his left knee. And just like previous year, it was nothing but net.
Now the Cavaliers find themselves in the hole from which no National Basketball Association team has ever escaped.
Manager Craig Counsell joked that he was going to let Shaw break the team's dress code and wear the jersey on the plane. The team said after the game that he's OK.
Gilbert was likely pleased when, 22 seconds into the third quarter, James drove to the basket, made a bucket and was fouled, promptly giving Cleveland its first free throw of the game.
The Warriors rejoiced a little more this time.
But University of the Visayas head coach Gary Cortes has some faith on the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers led Game 3 Wednesday by 13 in the second quarter.
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But Turkey substitute Yunus Malli equalized in the 60th minute, beating veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with a 25-meter strike. The 2014 game was the third time that the two teams had faced off in the final of the World Cup (1986 and 1990).
And yet again, they find themselves trailing 3-0 to Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and the Golden State Warriors. "Two years together, two seasons together, I think we have figured out a good balance". "Playing great defense, getting offensive rebounds and loose balls - and they have a 7-2 guard out there cooking".
Cleveland had its chances in Game 3.
To win any NBA Finals game, on the road, when LeBron James has a triple-double, when they trailed most of the night, when the deficit was as many as 13 early, when Curry and Thompson shot a combined 7 for 27 ... only a Superteam can pull that off.
But it still wasn't enough.
"That wasn't the same shot", James said. "We have another opportunity on Friday to win on our home floor ... to extend the series". "I don't know how many minutes he'd be able to play".
"You know, I just tried to make sure that we came out and didn't foul a three-point shooter or didn't give up a wide-open three or got too excited about that play".
They just couldn't stop Durant. The Cavaliers kept him to 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting, leaving Durant to pick up the slack. In NBA playoff history, teams down 3-0 are 0-131. He practiced each of the past two days to move closer to a return. In what was then the two teams' third consecutive NBA Finals, 2016 champs the Cavs went on to triumph in Game 4 of the 2017 series before being shut down in Game 5 in Oakland and the 2015 champs GSW became the 2017 champions.