Wednesday's NBA Finals game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors proved one thing, and one thing only: No matter how well the Cavs play, and they played really well, they can not win this series, let alone a game.
The Golden State Warriors are one win away from a historic 16-0 run through the postseason with a 15-0 straight up and 12-3 against the spread record thus far.
Should the Warriors win Game 4, they will become the first team to go 16-0 in the history of the NBA Playoffs. Cleveland might have overcome a 3-1 deficit previous year to win it all, but overcoming a 3-0 deficit is not even remotely realistic.
"If we win the championship, I'm like 99 percent sure we don't get him", Green said.
"And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's-you hope eventually it's going to take its toll", Kerr added. "We've got one more to go".
It was a particularly cruel way for James' night to end after he scored 39 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. "(I) just stayed in front of him and luckily he missed the shot".
James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his ninth career triple-double in the Finals, breaking the record of eight held by Magic Johnson. It would take an even more unlikely comeback for the Cavaliers to prevent the Warriors from winning the 2017 NBA Finals and Durant might take less than the max in the offseason to keep the core together.
They did it exquisitely well in Games 1 and 2; they did it with beauty and precision pretty much the entire season.
Blown off the court in the second halves of the first two games, the Cavaliers surged ahead with a big third quarter and were still ahead by six with less than 3 minutes to play. Point guard Steph Curry scored 26 points and led the team in rebounding with 13. After a missed corner three from Kyle Korver on a kick-out pass from James, Durant smoothly came down and buried the dagger to give the Warriors their first lead all fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers are no match for these Warriors, not even with arguably the best player on the planet in LeBron James. "But now that we're in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job?" Point guard Stephen Curry won the league's Most Valuable Player award - partly because of the historical achievement, but partly because he made an National Basketball Association record 402 three point shots during the season.