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God Cavs NEED to win this tonight, if they don't this series is right back in GSW hands...

I agree JR Smith needs another 25pt performance, like right now. He's been absent these Finals. Damn i hope LBJ pulls this off, i really do.

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Good.

He's filling out one of these right now

What a gif.

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I wanted Cavs to win the finals, but never really thought they had a chance so I wasn't that excited about the series. But now, I really really want LeBron to win. Huge game tonight! Cavs need to win this!

Looking forward to see the adjustments Warriors will make. They stumbled upon something with Lee last game so it'd be interesting to see if Cavs can anticipate Warriors lineup/matchup/play adjustments and counter them right away. If not, they will probably lose tonight. Blatt and his coaching staff need to be on top of their game tonight.

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james is shooting like 24% outside of paint, or mid-range to 3pt shots. thats awful. gsw can live with that. on the other hand they can't defend him when he goes to the rim. it's either two points or a foul. if they double-team him he will send a perfect pass to his shooters and thats a three pointer. gsw knows that and they just let him do his thing and hope that other players don't made a lot of threes. scoring 40 pts from 30 field goals and ~12 free throws is not something special.

The problem is not about defending Lebron. As great as lebron is (He is imo the best player in NBA), Cavs defence has been the key so far and also GSW struggle big time on offence.

Cavs is doing a really good job by playing ugly Basketball (Iso ball with lebron which slow down the tempo of the game), and GSW half court execution is suprisingly bad.

Imo David lee will play more I think in game 4, because although defensively he is torrid but GSW does not need defense, they need more offence (plus mozgov and thompson are not good scorers anyway)

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Lebron from the start of the game already looked sloppy and tired, even before the injury.

And JR has been so disappointing. Players like him are supposed to be better at home, but he was trash. One possession he took 3 three point shots and missed them all, smh.

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Lebron from the start of the game already looked sloppy and tired, even before the injury.

And JR has been so disappointing. Players like him are supposed to be better at home, but he was trash. One possession he took 3 three point shots and missed them all, smh.

For the first time in the series, he was double teamed and LeBrons numbers have dropped accordingly. Dropping bogut who makes no use of his size on the offensive play was a good call.

Iguadala got iggy with it lol.

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Finally GSW play some proper D on LeBrone and they get the easy win. More of the same, please.

GS has played solid D vs LeBron all series long, that's never been the problem.

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GS has played solid D vs LeBron all series long, that's never been the problem.

No they haven't. He'd been having his way under the basket all series long. Iguodala didn't give any easy shots yesterday. He only made 7 shots, got 20 points instead of 35-40 and that was the difference.

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No they haven't. He'd been having his way under the basket all series long. Iguodala didn't give any easy shots yesterday. He only made 7 shots, got 20 points instead of 35-40 and that was the difference.

LeBron's been shooting 38% from the floor this series so far. That IS good D that's been played against him.

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LeBron's been shooting 38% from the floor this series so far. That IS good D that's been played against him.

No, that's poor shot selection/lack of options. The percentage is low because he was taking too many shots from high post and the arc, he encountered very little resistance under the basket....until yesterday. He went down from an average of 36 attempted shots in the series to 22, from 41 average points to 20. Something obviously changed dramatically.

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Was saying yesterday to my friend they needed to go small, Spurs were at their best when Diaw was playing. Good choice by Kerr.

If LeBron has to miss anytime, the Cavs are in trouble. In the time he has not been on the floor, the Cavs have shot 17%. Iggy shut down James (the head injury helped that). Delly was gassed, the Cavs are just tired and a trip to the west coast will not help them.

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LeBron looked exhausted ever since tip-off. Golden State has too many weapons. Lebron has to be on the floor 100% of the time while giving 150% to even keep the Cavs competitive. Too much pressure on just one guy.

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