And he is facing the strong possibility of exiting Cleveland off the back of a third NBA Finals defeat in four years, if he decides to leave.
5 - We see it now Cavaliers fans. But the confines of Quicken Loans Arena have treated them even better in the playoffs. He must be mulling the events of Games 2 and 3 in his mind, replaying reels of individual brilliance, first from Curry, then from Durant.
The series shifts to Cleveland for the first time in Game 3.
"Especially in Cleveland, with LeBron, we know about their crowd, this environment and the force they bring in this building", Kerr added. Kyle Korver is grabbing 2.4 rebounds and George Hill is dishing 2.3 assists.
Iguodala is the best LeBron James defender, a great assist passer, and the playmaker who could ably replace Curry when he is out.
During the regular season, James was remarkably consistent regardless of where he played. Durant was the 2017 Finals MVP, and might be headed there again, averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.7 assists on.559 shooting. "The momentum of the game hit in our favor at that point".
Meanwhile, James countered with a 33-point triple-double.
4 - Andre Iguodala might be "pain free" but he sure looks like he's laboring dragging that knee around the court down the stretch.
The teams were locked in a tight battle for most of the second half and the outcome was up in the air until a Durant three-pointer from well beyond the arc put the Warriors ahead by six and all but sealed the game with 50 seconds to play. Curry continued to struggle to find his shot and Durant began to shoot wildly in an attempt to shoulder the load.
The player Altman settled on as his point guard for the playoffs, George Hill, who was acquired on February 8, the day Thomas was shipped out, was a playoff veteran searching for his first Finals.
"That's the story of the season", said Kerr, walking the thin line between frenetic energy and exhaustion that he often does.
With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and nearly motionless after dropping his 33-footer - just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 previous year - and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.
"You know, he's an assassin, and that was one of those assassin plays right there", he said. If it weren't for J.R. Smith's inexplicable blunder at the end of regulation in Game 1, the narrative could have taken a much different turn, but the Warriors have now successfully defended their fortress, further establishing their position as the clear favorites to win the title.
With James facing another Finals loss, Colin Cowherd believes that the best thing for the National Basketball Association would be for the Warriors to "humiliate" James and the Cavs, forcing the star to leave Cleveland and start anew in either Philadelphia, Los Angeles or Houston. This is the third time Durant and James have faced off in the Finals, each earning 4-1 series wins over the other.