Warriors at Cavaliers Game 3 Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers badly need a victory if they plan on turning the NBA Finals into a true series. The Golden State Warriors won the first two games of the best-of-seven series and look to place Cleveland in a major hole when they visit the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
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Cleveland forward LeBron James averaged 40 points in the first two games – including his epic 51-point outing in the opener – and it still wasn’t enough to get his squad a victory. “I don’t like the way I feel, the mood I’m in right now,” James told reporters at his Tuesday media availability. “When you’re down like this, a deficit like this against a team like this, there’s no good feeling. I personally don’t feel good today about the deficit we have. I feel great about (Wednesday), the opportunity we have.” Warriors guard Stephen Curry made an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2 and is averaging 31 points in the series but he said his team has a lot of work still to do. “We understand how hard it is to win in this building,” Curry told reporters. “No matter what’s gone on in the series, when you change venues, you’ve got to reassert your dominance and try to find that right momentum to start. We have a great opportunity (Wednesday) to do that.”
TV: 9 p.m. ET, ABC
ABOUT THE WARRIORS: Swingman Andre Iguodala (left knee) was termed questionable for Game 3 and it will be decided Wednesday whether or not he plays for the first since May 20. “He’s doing better,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said at his Tuesday press conference. “He told me he’s feeling better, so I would upgrade him to questionable. But I think he’s getting closer, and I’m hopeful that he can play.” Meanwhile, forward Kevin Durant is getting it done on the offensive end with back-to-back 26-point outings and he has topped 20 points in all 19 postseason games.
ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: Playoff disappointment Rodney Hood will receive some minutes in Game 3 as Cleveland searches for anybody who can provide scoring punch to complement James and power forward Kevin Love. Hood was acquired from Utah Jazz in February and hasn’t fit in and is averaging just 4.4 points in the postseason but coach Tyronn Lue said “we’re going to give Rodney a chance” and Hood proclaims he is ready. “I don’t know when it’s going to come or what stage of the game, but just being ready,” Hood, who has played just four minutes in the series, told reporters. “I’ve been preparing, I’ve been working hard, so if I get the opportunity, just go out there and play. Just have fun.”
1. The Warriors averaged 123 points while winning the first two games.
2. Golden State G Shaun Livingston has made all nine of his field-goal attempts in the series and C JaVale McGee is 8-of-9 shooting.
3. Love is averaging 21.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in the series.