Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

With their win, the Warriors improved to 15-0 in the playoffs and are on the verge of a fifth championship and second in three years.

Over the years, Cavs-Warriors has become the NBA's best rivalry, and this year's lopsided Finals most likely won't help that. As you heard from many players over the years how tough close-out games are. Klay Thompson (30) and Steph Curry (26) also impressed in the win. Three of their best players were already drafted, so they were able to hold on to them because they own the Bird rights, if everybody knows the [collective bargaining agreement].

When Golden State was given that opening, Durant and the Warriors took full advantage of it in a way few - if any - teams ever could.

Despite his team being down 3-0 in the NBA Finals, J.R. Smith tweeted that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win in seven games.

It's made the Warriors seem hungrier and more focused this year.

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (L) and Earvin "Magic" Johnson during a ceremony.

Golden State: 11 points, 3-for-4 from the floor, 1-for-2 from three, 4-for-4 from the foul line, no turnovers.

Kevin Durant, who led the way with 31 points, was eager to stay grounded ahead of what could be a decisive contest on Friday. Fatigue will play a role.

(AP Photo/Ron Schwane). Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant speaks after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, early Thursday, June 8, 2017.

He's just going up against a better team. They have made a mockery of the competition and in the long run this may not be good for the league. Prime Wade is better than the present Kyrie Irving and prime Bosh is better defensively than Kevin Love. "And they gave us everything they had".

LeBron refused to buy into the notion that he was tired even though Kerr told he players to keep attacking because eventually James and Irving would tire.

If the Warriors win Game 4, it will be the third year in a row, that the victor of the Warriors-Cavaliers Finals wins the deciding match away from home. The Lakers had a young Kobe Bryant and a prime Shaquille O'Neal steamrolling teams in the West after a subpar regular season. Force them into outside shots if you can. "So even when you're playing well, you got to play like A-plus-plus, because they're going to make runs, and they're going to make shots, and they've got guys that are going to make plays".

Cleveland Coach Tyronn Lue decided not to change his starting lineup for Game 3, sticking with the slumping Smith at shooting guard.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bull, left, discusses strategy with teammates Ron Harper, center, and Scottie Pippen during a time-out in an NBA Playoff Game. The Bulls were led by the greatest of all time in Michael Jordan with Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman by his side.

And just think: If Draymond Green didn't run his foot and his mouth last summer, the Warriors might be staring at three straight titles right now.

Chris Broussard of FOX Sports noted that the Bulls would surely lose a shootout but Jordan and company possess the intangibles like mental toughness.

The win moved Durant one win from the title he sought when he left Oklahoma City for the Warriors last July, one he failed to get in 2012 when his Thunder lost to Miami and James won his first career crown with the Heat. Other factors such as what rules are in play are vital in finding out if these legendary teams have a shot at beating the Warriors or any other team this decade. It's a non-stop debate that could go on forever.

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