Warriors-Cavs Game 3: Top 4 things to watch
Monte Poole's Top 4 things to watch in Game 3
Monte Poole is in Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals. Ahead of Wednesday night's contest, our Warriors Insider details the biggest keys to Game 3...
Stephen Curry is never more dangerous than when he knows his team needs him. The Warriors are taking a foot-on-their-throats approach to Game 3, so expect Curry to push his sore body as far as he can in an effort to achieve maximum production. That’s what he does. In 13 postseason games so far, he has exceeded 35 points twice. Don’t be surprised if he adds a third such game.
The Warriors won at Portland’s Moda Center, a very loud place. They won at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, known as Loud City. Well, Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena is among the loudest in the NBA, largely because of a sound system cranked to the max. The Warriors embrace the test that accompanies playing in a tough road venue. Given the stakes, they’ll need to keep their composure.
PARK ON THE ARC
Though LeBron James and Kyrie Irving are threats to drive the lane, most the Cavs look to launch 3-pointers. Acutely aware of that, the Warriors have done a fantastic job defending it; the Cavs shot 43.4 percent through the first 14 games of the playoffs but are at 27.3 percent against the Warriors. With the Warriors switching and scrambling, it has been hard for Cleveland to find open looks from deep.
Reserve players typically perform better at home, and the Warriors backups are no exception. They were splendid in Games 1 and 2, taking apart Cleveland’s second unit. With Kevin Love likely to miss Game 3, the Cavs may have an even shorter bench. The Warriors will need veterans Andre Igoudala and Shaun Livingston to lead the way in avoiding slippage on the road.