5 Takeaways From the Warriors in Game 3
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Warriors’ Player of The Game:
Steph Curry 27 points 6 rebounds 6 assists
1. Dellavedova's defense on Curry.
Let this sink in for a moment. Matthew Dellavedova outscored Stephen Curry 15 to 10 through three-quarters. He also kept him from getting to the paint in the first three-quarters and forced some turnovers late. Now Curry ended up scoring later in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done by Delly. Dellavedova's defense on Curry so far has been amazing.
2. The Cavs defense is the best in the league.
The Cavs held the top scoring offensive team in the league to 55 points at the end of the third quarter. It's the second game they held the Warriors to under 60 points within three-quarters. They held the Warriors to 91 total points, 40 percent shooting, and forced 14 turnovers. The Cavs defense is clearly elite.
3. The Warriors showed heart.
The Warriors were down 20 points in the third quarter, but started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run and continued to bring the lead down as the quarter went on. They got the lead down to as close as one before losing the game, but they finally showed some heart and intensity. The Warriors should feel great heading into Game 4 knowing that they can score on this defense and play well if they play aggressive.
4. Steph Curry found a rhythm late.
Although Dellavedova's defense on Curry was great throughout the first three-quarters, Curry found his shot in the fourth. Curry hit a few threes as his field goal percentage rose from making 6 out of 14 to 10 out of 20 shots. He made six threes in tonight's game and has seemed to have found his rhythm. He scored 17 points in the fourth quarter. If he can continue to shoot well in the next game, the Warriors can tie the series.
5. Lebron James is the Finals MVP.
It may be early and they're many games left to be played, but the way James is playing he may be the early MVP favorite. Lebron is averaging 41 points in the finals and is carrying the injured Cavaliers. The Warriors must find a way to slow him down in order to win this series.
Game 4 is on Thursday only on ABC