In a surprising turn of events the Cleveland Cavaliers have stunned the Golden State Warriors in a record setting second straight overtime in an NBA Finals series. With the injury to Cavs guard Kyrie Irving during game 1, many predicted the Warriors to sail thru the rest of the series, however, the Cavs proved to be resilient thanks in part to ‘next man up’ Matthew Dellavedova and James Jones, while LeBron James carried the offensive load for the team with 39 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Cavs shot a team low 32.2 percent from the field, however, two key free-throws from Dellavedova helped seal the deal for the Cavs who shocked a capacity crowd in Oracle Arena as they evened the series 1-1.
On the Warriors side, Stephen Curry was the big news as the defensive efforts from Dellavedova helped limit him to shooting just 2-15 from the three-point line and 5-23 overall from the field. Clay Thompson torched the Cavs early and ended the game with 34 points, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough as the Warriors suffered a turnover in the closing seconds of overtime which ruined their chance at either winning or tying the game.
The Warriors will face a hostile environment at Quicken Loans Arena where they hope to regain control of the series. Team S.U. predicts which team will win game 3 of the 2015 NBA Finals?
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 3 Predictions: NBA Finals
Keith Rivas (Editor) – So we now know that LeBron James is capable of single-handedly giving Cleveland hope in the NBA Finals. Winning in Oracle Arena in Oakland is NOT easy, the Warriors have shown us that so far in 2015.
But then they hit the wall of LeBron — big time.
After escaping in Game 1 thanks in large part to an overtime explosion, Golden State couldn’t hold on in Game 2 as King James was just too much — but the question now is, will it last? Obviously, LeBron James is human — well, sort of, but you catch my drift. Basketball is a games of runs, so heading back to Cleveland the big challenge for LeBron & Co. will be consistency.
The emotions coming into Game 2 were well on the side of the Cavaliers, but we’ve seen James-lead teams crack before — more specifically during his last tenure in the state of Ohio. A while back, the Cavs played the San Antonio Spurs for the title of NBA champion and fell well short, wallowing in an 0-4 destruction and finding themselves on the empty side of a celebration.
But maybe this year is different.
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 3 Predictions – Golden State needs to be sure to not underestimate Cleveland’s offensive efficiency, as their many defensive woes and inconsistencies cost them dearly in the series sequel. But I see Golden State redeeming themselves — they didn’t get the top seed in the West for nothing.
Game 3 Prediction: Warriors 119, Cavs 115 (2 OT)
Steve Turner (NBA Contributor) – The 2015 NBA Finals is turning out to be something truly spectacular. Despite a valiant effort from the Golden State Warriors, the Cleveland Cavaliers managed to snag a win on the Warriors home court. With that loss, the Warriors have only lost on their home floor four times this season.
It was an unbelievably rough shooting night for the league MVP Stephen Curry. Matthew Dellavedova came up extremely clutch, nailing some free throws and a few floaters. Delly also did an outstanding job on guarding Stephen Curry. Curry was 0-8 shooting while Delly was guarding him — a very strange night for the baby-faced assassin (Curry).
I believe Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors are going to bounce back from this defeat though. This Golden State Warriors’s bench is very impressive. If Cleveland is going to get this next win, other players on the team are going to have to show up big time.
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 3 Predictions – I expect JR Smith, Timofey Mozgov, and the dark-horse of Cleveland (Matthew Dellavedova) to play huge roles in game 3. I’m cheering for Golden State in game 3 though and I think they’re going to redeem themselves in Cleveland.
Jr. Williams (NBA Editor) – Not the most offensively glamorous game from either team, but the Cavs grinded their way out of Golden State with the win just as I predicted. LeBron James continues to solidify his position as one of the top-3 players of all-time after yet another epic offensive performance in which he did everything from scoring, passing, to rebounding in ferocious fashion. Lets be honest, the Cavaliers controlled the tempo the entire game and if it we’rent for the bone-headed foul choices by J.R. Smith, this game would have not gone into overtime.
Matthew Delevadova was the defensive player of the game, he physically and psychologically harassed Stephen Curry into shooting one of the worst percentages of his career, and I think the Cavs are a more balance team with him on the floor. Despite the offensive struggles from Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, the Cavs still managed to force the Warriors to slow down their offense. All-in-all it was a great game, but the better team won despite three blatant no-calls in which the refs failed to call fouls committed on LeBron James.
Cavaliers vs. Warriors Game 3 Predictions – If you think I’m drinking the Warriors Kool-Aid then you are sadly mistaken — this team has been over-hyped by ESPN all season, and now we are finally seeing what they are truly made of. The Cavs had a chance to win two games in Oracle arena, and I expect several players on their roster to explode offensively in game 3.
Cavs win game 3, final score 103 – 99