Golden State @ Cleveland
The Warriors took what will be an unassailable 3-0 series lead with a great 4th quarter comeback to suck the air out of the Cavs. Kevin Durant dropped 14 in the 4th quarter including a dagger pull up three which gave the Warriors the lead. The Cavs had Game 3 in the bag, up 6 with 3 minutes to play, but they failed to execute on offence as the Warriors closed on a 11-0 run to win by 5.
It has the bookies believing that the Cavs are shot and they have consequently installed the reigning champions as 6.5 point underdogs. The Wolf says it is a clear overreaction and has noted that avoiding the sweep is crucial to LeBron’s legacy – regardless of the numbers he puts up in this series. LeBron played 45 minutes and 37 seconds in Game 3 with his side +7 with him on the floor. Unfortunately for the Cavs they were -12 in the 2 minutes and 23 seconds that he was off!
All sorts of records are being set in this series… The Warriors made 12 first half 3’s and 8 in the first quarter – both records, while the 77 combined points from LeBron and Kyrie were the most by a losing duo in NBA Finals history. It leaves us thinking that there is little the Cavs can do to get over the line. The Wolf agrees there is nothing they can do as they will not be winning 4 straight games, but he is adamant that the Warriors will not be at their clinical best in Game 4.
There will be no rolling over from the Cavs and the dip from the Warriors, who will potentially have two chances to close out the series at home, will ensure that Cleveland have every chance at forcing a Game 5 in Oakland. Golden State may pull off the sweep but The Wolf cannot see them winning by more than 5. The Stats all point to a Warriors cover but The Wolf says the line has been set 3-4 points out of what it should be.
To think that the performance of the team in the do or die situation will dip further that the team with 4 chances to win the title is ludicrous. The Wolf has been all over the Warriors in the opening 3 games and tipped them to win the series in 5 games. We will finally see the Cavs slow the pace down and look to play in the half court. They have given up 35, 40 and 39 in each of the first quarters in the series and cannot afford a repeat. They have allowed the Warriors to set the pace and we should see a complete reversal. Everyone is calling for the brooms to be sent to Ohio but The Wolf says we are likely to go back to Oracle for Game 5.