Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors - 6/8/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tanya Simon
June 8, 2018

Slip. Dunk. We're not pressuring the ball. But he returned in the third quarter and went on to make some crucial plays in the Warriors' 110-102 win.

Meanwhile, the Warriors were off. Curry and Thompson continually drew iron with their jump shots, combining for seven points on 3-of-15 shooting with just one 3-pointer between them in the first half.

"Just got to be better", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said tersely when asked about the defensive issues. So the guys did a good job on those two guys.

"We have to be locked in", Green said.

Golden State just has to avoid an Atlanta Falcons-esque collapse, which seems like a safe bet given how rarely the Warriors lose their composure. He got a little help this time with Kevin Love scoring 20 and knocking down threes.

The two were not terribly efficient, but still shot 46.3 percent from the field. Curry scored on a lay-up, then hit his only three-pointer of the night (after missing his first nine), followed by another three-pointer from Durant to put Golden State up 106-100 with 49 seconds remaining. He had 24 points, eight rebounds in the first half.

After Hood made a jumpshot to give Cleveland an 87-86 lead, Durant hit a pull-up 2-pointer on the other end to retake the lead.

There are nights when the Warriors win by the grace of their fluid offensive scheme, and others when they rely on the singular exploits of Kevin Durant. That was why Cleveland was able to take 11 more shots on the night, valuable possessions when trying to upset Golden State.

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Hours before Game 3 of The Finals, it is sounding as if forward Andre Iguodala may be back in the mix for the Golden State Warriors. "And Kevin was the story in the second half, closing it out".

It is a hell of a luxury to have Durant on a team that had already won a title one year and 73 games the next.

The Cavs had every chance to win Game 1, but couldn't close the deal after a controversial overturned call, a missed free throw by George Hill, and a historic blunder by J.R. Smith.

The Cleveland Cavaliers need a victory here to save their season and force a game five on Monday.

During the regular season, Clarkson was averaging 13.9 points per game, but in the postseason his minutes have gone down and so have his number, averaging only 4.7 points per game.

"It was nearly like I was cussing him out, but I was so happy", Green said. "This has been our game plan the whole series, and we failed to do that in the fourth quarter". For James, who could be heading into his final National Basketball Association game as a member of the Cavaliers, this one will sting for the coming day or so.

LeBron James just had to tip his hat. "I was yelling the wrong thing". That's just who I am. I'm not sure what time I'll end up getting to bed. "But we've got to come out and got to play 48 minutes". Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.

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