Kevin Durant Held Back from CLE Hecklers At Team Hotel

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Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers addresses the media during practice and media availability as part of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 05, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

"I don't want to downplay anything but I don't want to act like this is the end of the road", Durant said.

The Cavaliers had been 8-1 at home in the playoffs with eight wins in a row since losing their first-round opener to Indiana.

"The margin of error is very low", James said following Cleveland's 110-102 loss.

"We gave ourselves a chance". But as you know, it's probably going to come up.

In Game 3, Cleveland led most of the way and trailed by one point with under two minutes remaining, but a Kevin Durant 33-foot bomb created separation for the Warriors.

"Andre helps us in every regard, " Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before the game. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world but him could have made those shots".

"This game was like deja vu of Game 3 previous year for him just all the way around", said Golden State's Draymond Green. "He would have been very good for us in the post-season", James said.




Kevin Durant was nearly unstoppable in Game 3 - going 15-of-23 from the floor, including 6-of-9 from beyond the arc and a flawless 7-of-7 from the line, adding 13 boards, seven assists and a steal in the victory.

But the biggest shot of the evening came with under a minute left. "But I do know that Tim knew it was dramatically helping his own career and KD understands the same thing".

Oddly enough, for Cleveland's supporting cast - who have been wildly sub-par and inconsistent through two Finals games - playing at home doesn't always translate to success. The Golden State Warriors can beat the Cavs playing their C game and only need one of their four stars to play well. Just to put a dagger in them like that, that was a huge shot. "We just try to do whatever it takes to get the W. Run the right plays", he reflected. "But I'll be in the lineup on Friday".

As for Iguodala's extended rest, he actually said he wasn't too upset that he had to miss the final four games of the Conference Finals and the first two games of The Finals. "And Kevin was the story in the second half, closing it out".

Kevin Durant torched the Cavaliers with a playoff-career high 43 points as the Warriors overcame a 13-point, first-half deficit to close in on their third National Basketball Association title in four seasons. Steph was three for 16, one for 10, but as usual he hit a big one.

Players, coaches and even opponents rave about how he makes the Warriors better with his decision-making and how he's a calming influence on the floor. The All-Star forward willed his Warriors to a win on a night when Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson couldn't buy a bucket for most of the game.

"He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen", LeBron James said after Game 3.

With less than a minute left in the first half, Iguodala went to the locker room with a right leg contusion.

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