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


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.

Kevin Durant dominated in the Golden State Warriors' 110-102 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, scoring a playoff career-high 43 points and punctuating the win with a 3-pointer with 49.8 seconds remaining.

Kevin Durant will reportedly re-sign with the Warriors this summer, according to ESPN.

"No, not at all", he said.

While Stephen Curry seemed to be inspired after an altercation with Kendrick Perkins, some of his Warriors teammates are upset about the Game 2 incident.

"No, that wasn't the same shot", James said when asked to compare Durant's 3 to last year's. "He was four or five feet behind the (3-point) line and he raised up and made a big shot for them".

Some have argued James could garner the Finals MVP award, which has not been given to a losing player since the award was first inaugurated in 1969, earned by Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West.

While you can't erase a two-game deficit with one dunk, the play certainly can give Cavaliers fans faith that the series is not over yet.

Including Wednesday, James has 6,888 career playoff points.

The Cavs finally got production from a mystery guest - Rodney Hood, who was dusted off for his first meaningful minutes since early in the Eastern Conference finals. He used to be able to dunk on you, but he hasn't been able to in years and his knees still hurt. With numerous Warriors struggling to make shots, the Cavaliers were able to get out to a 13-point lead, 50-37, with 4:06 left to play. Green is second with 387, while James is third at 381.

The key tonight for Cleveland will be Kyle Korver. Western Conference and 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances. "It wasn't just the number of points". "However, I do have a good feeling he'll be here next year".

Durant had 24 first-half points on 7-of-10 shooting, the three other Warriors All-Stars shot 4-of-18 and that included Curry and Thompson shooting 1-of-9 from three.

Ownership has shown unwavering commitment to paying any type of luxury tax to keep this team together, which is something that will most definitely have to happen again. "For himself, that was just a huge moment".