LeBron James has joined rare air. With the Cleveland Cavaliers missing two All-Stars, what other choice does he has except for turning on MJ-mode?
"I’m so outside the box right now," James said.
Now, he’s two wins from a championship, one that may mean more to him than any before or any that he may win in the future.
"I don’t know if I can continue to put up these type of numbers but I know I’ll continue to lead these guys every single night," James said after Game 3.
A Closer Look At The Golden State Warriors Vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4 Odds & How To Bet
Matchup: Golden State Warriors at Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: June. 11, 2015
Start Time: 9:00 PM ET
Location: Cleveland, OH
Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena
TV Info: ABC
Point Spread: Warriors -2.5
Game Total: 193
Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Golden State vs Cleveland
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Driven by a crowd thirsty to see Cleveland’s 51-year title drought end, James scored 40 points, pulled down 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists in 46 minutes, his third stellar performance in his fifth straight finals. Through the first three games of the NBA Final best-of-seven series, James has played 142 of 154 possible minutes, scored 123 points and taken 107 shots. With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love out with injuries, it’s all on James to deliver. So far, he has, but in Game 3, he got some help from a suddenly well-known Matthew Dellavedova who has turned the league upside down with his style of Aussie Rules Basketball.
"If there’s a ball on the ground, he’s going to be the first guy on the ground," James said of Dellavedova. "He showed up multiple times tonight. He’s huge. He’s huge for our team. He gives us that grit, that grit that we need. He gives us everything until that tank is empty, and he has a small little reserve tank that he continues to work through."
Dellavedova experienced "severe cramping," and required an IV after putting up 20 points in 39 minutes in Game 3. He was able to walk under his own power to the parking garage at Quicken Loans Arena, where he was placed on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to the Cleveland Clinic. He was admitted to receive additional treatment.
"I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to help our team win," he said right after his gutsy Game 3 performance. "It’s the finals, and it’s whatever it takes. This is a totally different challenge."
So far Golden State head-coach Steve Kerr hasn’t found an answer to Cleveland’s "Grit Sqaud", but good news for the Warriors is that Stephen Curry, who went cold in Game 2 and must of Game 3, did find his shooting touch in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points as the Warriors, who trailed by 20 in the third, refused to go away.
"I think I found something when it comes to how I’m going to be able to attack their pick-and-rolls," Curry said. "I’ll keep that in the memory bank going into Game 4."
Good news Warriors fans: in the 2015 playoffs, the Game 3 loser of a series tied 1-1 has went on to win each series. pic.twitter.com/JEK7hG8iKL
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 10, 2015
The Warriors Will Cover the 2.5-point Spread If
Golden State goes to “small ball” earlier in the game
Coach Steve Kerr is all about making the right adjustments. He actually made the right adjustment in Game 3 of the NBA Finals when he put David Lee into the game in the fourth quarter and the Warriors roared back from being down 20 points to being down only 1 point.
Golden State actually had a chance to win the game outright but failed in the attempt and ended up losing 96 to 91. Kerr has stated that Lee will see much more action in Game 4 of the series, which now becomes a must win for the Warriors who will be facing a 3 to 1 deficit with a loss. Playing small ball: Lee, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Igoudala or Leandro Barbosa, is the way for the Warriors to beat the slower Cavs in Game 4.
The Cavs Will Beat Cover the 2.5-point Spread If
Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson keep the good times rolling
LeBron James has proven that he is the best player on the planet and one of the Top 5 players, if not the best player, to ever step onto a basketball court. He had a triple-double in Game 4 and he scored 40 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished 8 assists in Game 3. This was after a 44 point, 6 assist, 8 rebound performance in Game 1.
LeBron is going to get his points, rebounds and assists. But the Cavs will need Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson to come up big, like they did in Game 3, in order for the Cavaliers to win Game 4. Dellavedova scored 20, laid himself out on the floor for key plays, grabbed 5 boards and dished 4 assists. Thompson scored 10 and grabbed 13 boards. Game 4 performances from the 2 unsung heroes that mirror Game 3, could put the nail into the Warriors’ coffin.