NBA Finals Game 3 ratings up 22 percent from last year

Posted June 10, 2017

Bigger than all of them and all of that.

No team in NBA playoff history has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, although the Cavaliers did become the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from a 3-1 hole to swipe the crown over Golden State past year. Durant said in 2015 he felt he was the world's best player.

If Curry re-signs with the Warriors this summer, as expected, he will be eligible for a five-year, $207.4 million contract, the largest in National Basketball Association history. Because of the circumstances and the occasion of Game 7, and the guy making the block, never one more famous than this. Just when things were looking up, Kevin Durant came in and snatched mine and every Cleveland Cavaliers' fan heart straight out from their chest, and then proceeded to swallow it whole.

Now, nearly a year later, comes a moment in a Game 3 that felt a little bit like a Game 7 for the Cavs.

"We're coming back", J.R. Smith said, showing some of his expected bravado.

The latest idiotic bit of criticism of LeBron comes from his decision to pass to Kyle Korver in the corner for a good look three with under one minute to go in the game and the Cavaliers up two. Would still be ahead 116-113 when the Cavs still had a chance to tie.

LeBron is right. The situations aren't all that similar, as this graphic illustrates.

It's a matter of time before there is a shift from LeBron to Durant for title of best player. Catch and shoot. Make one more hero shot. Only he never really shot.

"LeBron kicks Iguodala in the if this was somebody on the Warriors.,"he tweeted". That was evident when Durant stepped into a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds remaining. "But I think that we just stayed with it, and our defense finally kicked in". They're just both very unselfish and relatively quiet. "They can make for a very scary duo for teams across the National Basketball Association because they're both mismatch nightmares".

Some of the role players of that Lakers team include Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Ron Harper, Robert Horry, Tyronn Lue and Horace Grant.

In addition, the NBA Finals on ABC continue to produce record streaming numbers, including several for Game 3.

Andrew Flohr is GSoM's credentialed writer and is in Cleveland for games 3 and 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

They went on to win their first championship in seven games.

The Cavs were completely dominated in Game 1 and Game 2 and, even when they seemed to be firing on all cylinders in Game 3, they still couldn't pull out a win or even cover. Love missed after that.

Cleveland is shooting 29.8% on three-point shots compared to Golden State's 42.2%, a stat that has helped lead the Cavaliers into this 0-3 series hole. According to ESPN Stats & Info, Golden State was 0-12 in postseason games over the last 40 years when outscored by 10 or more points in the third quarter. With streaming, the audience climbs to almost 20 million, making it the most-watched NBA Finals since 1998. They have a core of four All-NBA players in their prime and a fairly simple path to keeping them together.

"You got to play A-plus-plus". We make a couple, they miss a couple, and it's the other way around. Next, Durant canned charities to virtually seal the game before Curry closed scoring with two more free throws for the final 118-113 count.

With that, James walked off the dais, ending a news conference in which he addressed the dawn of Golden State's dynasty, his future and criticism for a play late in Wednesday's loss.

Klay Thompson added 30 points for the Warriors and Stephen Curry finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds. And when he is the Curry of old, Golden State are incredibly hard to beat.

"We want 16 wins".