NBA finals 2018: Andre Iguodala to play Game 3

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Stephen Curry made nine 3-pointers in Golden State's Game 2 win, and the Warriors, who live by a "Strength In Numbers" slogan, could get back forward Andre Iguodala for Game 3. The victory has the Warriors up 3-0 in the series, a deficit no team has ever come back from in the NBA Finals. "Some of those shots, I don't think anybody in the world can hit those but him". The Cavs, who climbed from a 2-0 hole to beat Boston in the conference finals, have major roster holes and unfixable flaws.

"I thought we played a good first half", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

In Game 3 previous year, Durant nailed a 26-footer that put the Warriors up one.

The Warriors have a 3-0 lead for the second straight year.

Cavs guard J.R. Smith, whose late-game blunder in the opener denied Cleveland a potential winning shot, was greeted with a standing ovation by Warriors fans and chants of "M-V-P" when he went to the free throw line.

Kevin Durant powered his way to 43 points for Golden State. The Cavaliers never recovered, even though more than 44 minutes remained.

Curry and his fellow Splash Bro, Klay Thompson, are now tied for the most three-pointers made in a single postseason at 98, a record that will likely stand for a very long time (unless one of the two breaks it themselves). Curry is healthy and hitting shots, meaning he is going to be at most annoying at all times on the court.

If the Warriors could be more consistent in bottling up James, Golden State would make beating Cleveland look a lot easier than what the Dubs did in the first two games of the series.

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Then, as they often do, the Warriors exploded in the third quarter, using a quick 9-3 spurt after the break to level the score and taking off from there. They lost the rebounding battle 47-37, but dished out 27 assists and just 10 turnovers compared to Cleveland's 20 assists and 13 turnovers.

McGee got the Warriors off and running in Game 2 with two easy dunks to open the game.

LeBron James registered a triple-double of 33 points, 11 boards, and 10 assists, on top of two steals, and two blocks, but again found little help outside Kevin Love, JR Smith, and Rodney Hood.

Dallas would have to take on the bad J.R. contract and the not as awful Jordan Clarkson contract, but would get two picks in the lottery this year, which would give them the chance to pair a Bamba/Jackson with a Porter/Bridges (either one).

Between James' groove and the spark of Cleveland's home crowd, there are enough reasons to think the Cavs can keep this close throughout the contest.

Golden State is just too good and too deep for the Cavs, who are too often exposed as a one-man team powered by James. Iguodala has missed the past six games with a knee injury but practiced Tuesday.

He finished with 15 points on 7-for-11 shooting in 26 minutes.

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