Brace yourselves: Warriors-Cavs 3-1 lead jokes are coming

Brace yourselves: Warriors-Cavs 3-1 lead jokes are coming

James, who is averaging a triple-double in the 2017 Finals (32 points, 12.3 rebounds, 10.3 assists), and the Cavs edged the Warriors in Game 7 a year ago after falling behind 3-1, becoming the first team to ever overcome such a deficit in the Finals. They went on to win the championship, their first, in seven games.

No team in NBA history has recovered from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven series, but then again, no team in NBA history had recovered from a 3-1 deficit to win the NBA Finals ... until the Cleveland Cavaliers did it past year. The team finds itself down 3 games in a best of 7 series.

Added to the fact that he joined a Warriors team that won the National Basketball Association title in 2015 and followed that up by winning a record 73 games last season before falling to Cleveland in seven games, Durant was considered a villain by many.

He was huge in the late minutes of Wednesday's Game 3 as the Warriors scored the final 11 points to steal Cleveland's last real chance to get back in the series. In fact, no team in National Basketball Association history has ever rebounded from an 0-3 deficit to win a best-of-seven series.

The Warriors kept their air of invincibility intact with a 118-113 victory that put them on the brink of their second championship in three seasons.

Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 40 points and LeBron James chipped in with 31 as the defending champions pulled to within 3-1 and forced the best-of-seven series back to Oakland.

Golden State's flawless postseason is over, the champagne corks still in their bottles. And it's little wonder: in that time he had won a title and two league MVPs, as well as adapted to a new level of fame and all the obligations and pressures that come with that. These aptly named Warriors spent the last two months building big leads, then Wednesday wiped out a late deficit.

"With all the success that he's gotten throughout his career, I've always been proud of him and I'm always excited to see him grow as a player", James said.

"I knew this was going to be one of the greatest challenges I've had because of the firepower they have, because of the mind set that they were going to have".

Even if one player has less than an excellent game or loses just the least bit of concentration, there are others more than capable of picking up the slack, which has to make them favourites to make history. "In the playoffs, every team is good".

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Bangladesh's progress over the last two years was more spectacular for a team better known as whipping boys in worldwide cricket . Laxman said India's bowling will determine if we retain the title. "One can not play aggressively right from the start".

If not for their meltdown a year ago, the Warriors, whose record-setting 73-win season got lost in the Finals aftermath, would be looking for a third straight crown.

Despite several bad calls, Kerr did not blame the loss on the officiating - saying the Cavaliers started hot and "handed it to them" with a tremendous game. An avid football fan, he knows how another team with a ideal season under its belt - the 17-0 1972 Miami Dolphins - basks in the historical glory.

"I look at it as we lost the Finals, but we ended up with KD", Green told Lowe.

"It wasn't our smartest game that we played all year, but it was maybe our toughest". "Now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job?" he added. As he rose up for the three, Andre Iguodala stripped him.

As for 16-0, Green figures it comes with the territory.

"We have championship DNA", said James, who broke Magic Johnson's record with his ninth triple-double in the Finals.

Neither will turn 30 until next year, while Thompson and Green are only 27.

They look ready to play for many more.

"I definitely want to compete", he said.