Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

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USA TODAY SPORTSDurant scored 26 points adding nine rebounds and six assists

The Cavaliers and Warriors are meeting for the fourth consecutive NBA Finals, with Golden State having won titles in 2015 and 2017 while Cleveland captured the 2016 crown, rallying from a 3-1 deficit in the greatest comeback in finals history. The Rockets took the Warriors to seven games in the Western Conference Finals and were forced to play Game 7 without the injured Chris Paul.

Now the Cavs, down 0-2 and back at home, will try to do what they've done in two of the past three NBA Finals: win Game 3 against the Warriors and swing the momentum back in their favor. But even aside from playing in Cleveland for the first time all series, the Cavs have found reason to believe their best basketball is still ahead. We built up that chemistry again.

Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 43 points on 15-of-23 shooting.

"The most important thing, I think, is physicality. [Kevin Durant] play one-on-one, because he's going to get his", Brown explained.

For the second straight game the Warriors off-ball movement - such as their split screens, or the Warriors just slipping a screen - confused a Cavaliers defense that is trying to switch everything but is not defensively disciplined enough to do it.

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"Kevin was the story in the first half, just keeping us in the game, then he was the story in the second half as well, just closing it out", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The Warriors are not invulnerable, but the point still stands that those vulnerabilities come across as being of their own choosing, something that flies in the face of everything we have ever known about professional sport. If we do that, we're going to be better off. Thanks to a couple late-game mental lapses, the Warriors narrowly escaped with a 124-114 overtime win.

Now, let's be honest, there's not many people at this point giving the Cavs a chance to recreate themselves, and give the Warriors much of a series; however Brown has a message for all those people, and he's not afraid to share it.

And the Cavs were down 0-3.

Dallas would have to take on the bad J.R. contract and the not as awful Jordan Clarkson contract, but would get two picks in the lottery this year, which would give them the chance to pair a Bamba/Jackson with a Porter/Bridges (either one).

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