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Warriors Late Surge Gives them 3-0 Finals Lead

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The Cavs could not hold on last night in Cleveland, and are now on the precipice.

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Welp.

What can you say? The Cavaliers gave absolutely everything they had last night. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 77 points and were brilliant. They seized a third quarter lead and held it through most of the second half. They led by six with under three minutes left. And then this:

I posted this in the comments last night and remarked that I have to admit, it is good with Titanic music.

But look at James in this clip. He was exhausted by the end of the game last night, having played all but two minutes. The Cavs couldn’t survive with him off the floor, so Ty Lue was forced to keep him out there, and it was apparent he was fatigued late. The above strikes me as tired transition defense. He drifts back too deep behind the three point line, is not on his toes as Durant comes at him, and doesn’t have the spring to effectively contest.

In the end, the Warriors scored the final 11 points of the game, led by Kevin Durant who is heading toward a Finals MVP award, and the Warriors grabbed the 118-113 win to take a 3-0 series lead and put them one win away from a title and a 16-0 post-season.

I came into this series hoping the Cavs could redeem this playoff season and get another title, which would have been a fantastic testament to one of the best careers in NBA history. But it isn’t happening. LeBron James is the best player in the world. The Cavs rampaged through the East playoffs, losing only once. And yet the Warriors are on the verge of sweeping them.

Last night’s game was great. I hope you enjoyed it. Summer is coming.

Elsewhere...

The Wolves apparently had Jarrett Allen, center from Texas, in town yesterday. Zgoda wrote about it in the Star-Tribune. Allen follows Zach Collins (Gonzaga) as players who have visited Minneapolis ahead of the draft. Two guys mocked in the middle of the first round, which is interesting, though not really evidence of anything.

Still, Zgoda suggested on twitter that the Wolves are very open to trading back in the first round in order to pick up a player. I suspect he’s right, and would not be shocked if they already have a couple of possible deals outlined depending on how things go.

What ya got?