Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

Warriors beat Cavs to close in on second straight title

No one would argue that.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have played about as well as they can in this year's NBA Finals. (Spoiler alert: They don't).

"I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn't succeed getting past a Boston, getting past the San Antonios of the league", James said, noting he knew what Bosh and Wade had inside from past experiences. "We've had an opportunity to win two of these games in this three-game series so far, and we haven't come up with it".

But if the Cavaliers want James to remain with the wine and gold, they'll need to pour out everything in Game 4 and work their way up from there.

This series has been a painful reminder to James that the great teams have more than one king.

"Then you add on a Finals MVP coming off the bench (Andre Iguodala), a No. 1 pick in (Shawn) Livingston and an All-Star in David West and whatever the case may be".

"In order to win you've got to have talent, but you've got to be very cerebral too", James said, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

Meanwhile, the Warriors' margin for error was massive, because Durant might have been flawless on Wednesday. "Let's just speak truth", James said before rattling off Golden State's embarrassment of riches. That's what GMs and presidents and certain players, it's not every player.

James, who has been linked to the Lakers, Sixers and Rockets if he opts for free agency, said he knew that with him, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami they were good basketball minds. The team that has given James all he could handle since he returned to Cleveland four summers ago could celebrate its third title in four years at his expense - and lather champagne for the second time in four years in his arena's visitors locker room.

For the second straight year against the Cavaliers, Kevin Durant took, and made, that shot.

The Cavaliers have lost the first two games, but James' wardrobe didn't hurt his performance.

They built a lead as big as 13. Durant was the only Warrior to eclipse 11 points, as point guard Steph Curry shot 3 of 16 from the field and shooting guard Klay Thompson scored 10 just points.

James essentially said you have to play the ideal game to beat the Warriors because they don't beat themselves. So they have lots of talent. Last year, the Cavs came back from Durant's Game 3 dagger to save face with a Game 4 win at home.

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