Warriors too much for Cavaliers once again with 3-0 Finals lead

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) pressure Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jeff Green (32) during the fourth quarter in game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY SportsThe Golden State Warriors are about to win their first back-to-back NBA titles. Golden State is up 3-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers after defeating them 110-102 on Wednesday, and no team in NBA history has squandered such a commanding lead in the Finals. Despite the heroic efforts of LeBron James, who scored 51 points in Game 1 and contributed a triple double on Wednesday, the Warriors are once again proving far too much for the Cavaliers to handle, much like their previous Finals meeting.

Kevin Durant scored a playoff career high 43 points to go with 13 rebounds and 7 assists in Game 3, which felt very similar to Game 3 of last year’s NBA Finals when Golden State pushed the Cavaliers to the brink in Cleveland and Durant was the star of the show. No other Warriors player scored more than 11 points on Wednesday, leaving Durant to carry the load on offense. Durant could be on his way to a second consecutive Finals MVP award, especially if he has another big performance in Game 4 and Golden State completes the sweep.

Even if the Warriors are unable to finish the series on Friday, they can be confident in the fact that teams with a 3-0 series lead in the NBA playoffs are 131-0. James rallied the Cavaliers from a 3-1 series deficit in the 2016 Finals, but the Warriors have basically been untouchable since adding Durant to their roster, improving to 7-1 in Finals games since the 2016 loss. Golden State also received a boost on Wednesday in the form of Andre Iguodala, who returned after missing six games with a knee injury and gave the Warriors 22 minutes of tenacious defense off the bench.

James has carried Cleveland back to the Finals only to run up against the insurmountable wall of Golden State once again, and that could be a deciding factor in what he decides to do with his pending free agency this offseason. James is not against doing something similar to what Durant did in leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to bolster an already formidable Warriors lineup, and that could mean the end of his second stint with the Cavaliers, because it appears the only way to answer Golden State’s superteam is with another superteam, which has been impossible to build in Cleveland.