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Thompson, so effective as a rebounder and defender in last year's finals, had zero points and just three rebounds.

According to OddsShark, the odds of the Cavaliers winning at least one of the first four games in this series are 3-2, if that's a prop bet you want to take on.

In other words, Golden State was willing to let Irving and James get theirs, eventually hoping they'd run out of gas, and make others beat them.

This is why there was so much angst last July when Durant chose to sign with the Warriors.

The Cavaliers may get a boost from home-court advantage and sneak away with this one, but it may be the only game of the series they win.

Curry is averaging 30 points in the series, up from his averages in 2016 (22.6) and 2015 (26).

"We just kept telling the guys, they're going to get exhausted", Kerr said.

Wednesday night's thriller featured 10 ties and 19 lead-changes. The shooting barrage comes one game after they hit a finals record 18 from long range in Game 2. But the Warriors were that much better, going 16-for-33 from deep. Though yet again the Warriors got out to an early lead.

Only on USA Olympic teams or NBA All-Star squads do we see the level of talent both of these finalists have among their starting five, but the problem for the Cavs is the Dubs have more of it.

James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points, dominating much of the second half, but even their electrifying performance was not enough to put a blemish on the Warriors' ideal record. At the end of the 1st Half it was [67-61] Warriors.

Williams has yet to score this series, putting extra pressure on Irving to play more minutes and be more productive.

It's basically fantasy basketball without the drafting of players and on a game to game basis.

The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. "For anyone who says they'd still do it, the facts and evidence is this".

Yet even with this improvement the Warriors had an answer to that, the screen.

"Durant's a tough cover", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday.

In truth, J.R. Smith (16 points, 5-for-10 on 3s) and Kyle Korver (8 points) hit a few big shots, but by and large, the supporting cast was a disappointment in Game 3 when the Cavaliers needed big performances. Rather than betting on one team or another, you can bet on a larger narrative of how you think the game will go - whether one player will have a bad night, or another will step up big.

Last night was like a fireworks show. LeBron in particular had an outstanding game with a Double Double.

James finished with 39 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists.

But the Cavaliers would not have been in Game 3 if not for such a major effort from James. Point guard Kyrie Irving added 38 points, though he missed all seven of his three-point shots. He really shined as a clutch performer. But we are here, we're more focused on what happened previous year when we were up 2-0 and we came here and the series shifted. They gave the Warriors something to worry about.

But that Warriors team, who posted a record 73 wins in the regular season, were not as unsafe as this squad due to the addition of four-time National Basketball Association scoring champion Kevin Durant.

If this game gets physical, I'm banking on the Warriors backing off and hoping to keep it close with jumpers and avoiding a ton of contact. Aside from James and Irving, the rest of the team was 9 of 34 (26.5 percent) from the field. They know that they can do this now.

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