Instant Replay: Warriors manhandled by Cavs in Game 3


Instant Replay: Warriors manhandled by Cavs in Game 3


CLEVELAND -– Once again, the Warriors fell victim to the 'Game 3 Blues,' and this time it allowed the Cavaliers to pump life into their flickering championship hopes.

Trailing from tip to buzzer, the defending champions were took a 120-90 spanking from Cleveland before a raging sellout crowd Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Warriors now hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

The Warriors showed only flashes of excellence, mostly by the reserves, who dug out of a 20-point first-quarter hole (33-13) to get within eight (51-43) at the half before collapsing in the third quarter.

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Four Warriors scored in double figures, with Stephen Curry putting in 19 points, Harrison Barnes tossing in 18, Andre Iguodala 11 and Klay Thompson 10.

The Warriors were outrebounded 52-32 and also committed 18 turnovers, off which the Cavs scored a whopping 34 points.

Star forward LeBron James led the Cavs with a game-high 32 points, while All-Star guard Kyrie Irving bounced back from miserable showings in Games 1 and 2 to pour in 30 points, 16 of which came in a scalding-hot first quarter.

The loss sent the Warriors to 0-4 in Game 3s this postseason and extended to five their overall losing streak in such postseason games, dating back to Game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals.

The Cavaliers snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors, dating back to Game 4 of the 2015 NBA Finals.


On a night when no Warrior truly shined, Barnes submitted some of his most respectable numbers of the postseason.

Barnes’ line: a postseason-high 18 points (7-of-11 from the floor, 2-of-5 beyond the arc), eight rebounds and two assists. He played 33 minutes and was minus-24.


This one came early, as the Cavs raced out to leads of 9-0, 23-8 and 33-13 in the first quarter and never really were threatened.

The Warriors got as close as seven (50-43) on a Shaun Livingston layup 29.5 seconds before halftime before Cleveland pushed its lead back to double digits early in the third quarter.


Warriors: G Klay Thompson sustained a L thigh contusion with 4:18 remaining in the first quarter, leaving the game. He returned with 7:18 remaining in the second quarter. F Kevon Looney (L hip surgery) was listed as out and, along with F James Michael McAdoo (healthy), placed on the inactive list.

Cavaliers: F Kevin Love (concussion) was listed as out and, along with F Sasha Kaun (healthy), placed on the inactive list.


Game 4 is set for Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PDT.

Seven records Warriors stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green could break

Seven records Warriors stars Steph Curry, Draymond Green could break

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 90 minutes before each home game and 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

The juggernaut Warriors of the last five years are no longer, but some key star holdovers have a chance to reach some NBA records this season.

With the departures of Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and the injury to Klay Thompson, the playmaking and scoring for the Warriors will mostly fall on the shoulders of Steph Curry, Draymond Green and newly acquired D'Angelo Russell. So as the construction of the team changed dramatically, the Warriors now potentially face a struggle to play the same suffocating defense most have come accustomed to.

Instead, they will rely on a high-powered offense and individual key defensive players to lead the charge. Here are some records that they could break this season.

Most 3-pointers in a regular season: Steph Curry 402 (2015-16)

The biggest key to Curry toppling his own historic 3-point season will be staying healthy and in the lineup. Curry has not played over 70 games in a season since 2016-17, and played 79 games when he shattered the season record.

Since the Warriors might have to outscore teams in shootouts with their defense less reliable, Curry will be able to fire away with abandon. Curry hit 354 3-pointers in just 69 games last season. If he played 10 extra games and maintained his average 3-point rate, he would have broken his record.

So what else could help Curry break 402? Well, just keep reading ...

3-point attempts per game: James Harden 13.2 (2018-19)

When Curry made 402 3-pointers, he averaged 11.2 attempts per game. Last season, he averaged a career-high 11.7 3-point attempts per game. Shooting two more 3s per game is within reason, and definitely a welcome proposition for all Warriors fans. 

Most consecutive games with 5+ 3-pointers made: James Harden 12 (2018-19)

The more Steph shoots, the more he makes. Harden might be watching a few of his milestones surpassed this season.

Most 3-pointers attempted in a game: Klay Thompson 24 (Oct. 29, 2018)

Most 3-pointers made in a game: Klay Thompson 14 (Oct. 29, 2018)

Curry already jokingly (probably) proclaimed that he would shoot 22 3-pointers on opening night against the Clippers. So would you be surprised if he had a few games this season in which he launched endlessly from long range? Unfortunately for Klay, he will have to sit idly on the bench for most of the season while Curry goes after his record.

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Most steals in a game: Larry Kenon 11 (Dec. 26, 1976), Kendall Gill 11 (April 3, 1999)

The defensive category belongs to Draymond Green, and after signing a $100 million extension and getting into the best shape of his life, he is primed for a breakout season. If last playoffs are any indicator of how he will play next season, then there are several defensive records and milestones that can be within his sights.

On Feb. 10, 2017, Green recorded a triple-double in Memphis. But it was not just any triple-double, it included 10 steals, one away from the single-game record. There will be many games next season that he will carry the team defensively, so perhaps he approaches the record again.

200 steals plus 100 blocks in one season: Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen

In 2016-17, Green set a career-high 154 steals and blocked 106 shots -- down from his previous career-high of 113 the year prior. Remaining healthy and in the lineup for most of the season will be imperative for Green to even have a chance at approaching a 200-100 season.

It still is a long shot for Draymond to reach those totals, but when he is in shape, motivated and playing with fire, there's always a chance. 

Kevin Durant rocks Nets jersey for first time since leaving Warriors

Kevin Durant rocks Nets jersey for first time since leaving Warriors

Slowly but surely, Kevin Durant is moving on from the Warriors. 

After electing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency. Durant expressed his feelings on his time in the Bay, including the elation of winning the NBA Finals and the belief that he never would be accepted in the same way Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala were.

The next step in Durant's quest to move on from the Warriors came Thursday when he donned the black and white of Brooklyn for the first time in a promotional shoot.

Seeing KD rocking a No. 7 Nets jersey is ... a little weird.

Those jerseys are clean, though,

Durant won't see the floor this season as he continues to rehab from the ruptured Achilles he suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Once Durant is back to 100 percent, he'll join Kyrie Irving and a band of young Nets trying to take over the Eastern Conference.

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As for the Warriors, they remade their roster after Durant's exit and will be looking to go back to their roots with a ball-movement centric attack that lets Curry, new addition D'Angelo Russell and Thompson -- when he returns from his torn ACL -- torment opposing defenses.