2015 NBA Finals: Quick Takeaways From Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Game 3

By Jerry Landry
2015 NBA Finals: Quick Takeaways From Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors Game 3
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Quick Takeaways From NBA Finals Game 3

Quick Takeaways From NBA Finals Game 3 Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Forget deep benches, the Cleveland Cavaliers will sic Mike Miller on you if they have to. The Golden State Warriors received a churlish welcome to Cleveland and reached an adversity threshold foreign to them in 2015. Game 3 was a wash for the Warriors, but was this just a requiem for a mid-series reboot? Here are some quick takeaways on where a 2-1 Cavs series lead leaves us:

Quick Takeaways From NBA Finals Game 3

Forget deep benches, the Cleveland Cavaliers will sic Mike Miller on you if they have to. The Golden State Warriors received a churlish welcome to Cleveland and reached an adversity threshold foreign to them in 2015. Game 3 was a wash for the Warriors, but was this just a requiem for a mid-series reboot? Here are some quick takeaways on where a 2-1 Cavs series lead leaves us:

LeBron James Is On An Absolute Warpath

LeBron James Is On An Absolute Warpath Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
If you want to get something done right you do it yourself. That and watch a few silly Matthew Dellavedova floaters somehow find the cylinder. Do we dare say destiny for LeBron James? Nah, because no matter what James does we'll always mistakenly compare him to our rosy memory of Michael Jordan. So let's call it a warpath.

LeBron James Is On An Absolute Warpath

If you want to get something done right you do it yourself. That and watch a few silly Matthew Dellavedova floaters somehow find the cylinder. Do we dare say destiny for LeBron James? Nah, because no matter what James does we'll always mistakenly compare him to our rosy memory of Michael Jordan. So let's call it a warpath.

Stephen Curry Must Break The First-Half Scoring Silence

Stephen Curry Must Break The First-Half Scoring Silence Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Stephen Curry, you are the MVP. It's an award you earned, not a vehicle that'll turn into a pumpkin at midnight. The mass media may give you a free pass, but I will not. Letting an undrafted role player shut you down? Inexcusable -- even if you warmed up "eventually." Curry is lucky to not bear anywhere near the burden of James, but if this Splash Brother doesn't produce in Game 4, consider him lucky to have even been awarded MVP honors.

Stephen Curry Must Break The First-Half Scoring Silence

Stephen Curry, you are the MVP. It's an award you earned, not a vehicle that'll turn into a pumpkin at midnight. The mass media may give you a free pass, but I will not. Letting an undrafted role player shut you down? Inexcusable -- even if you warmed up "eventually." Curry is lucky to not bear anywhere near the burden of James, but if this Splash Brother doesn't produce in Game 4, consider him lucky to have even been awarded MVP honors.

Cleveland Just Doesn't Have The Depth, But It Might Not Matter

Cleveland Just Doesn't Have The Depth, But It Might Not Matter Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
There is no way a seven-man rotation can survive a seven game series. Or so we thought. Once again we're seeing Mike Miller in the Finals and once again, we're seeing Dellavedova bring some spark to a seemingly depleted Cavaliers team.

Cleveland Just Doesn't Have The Depth, But It Might Not Matter

There is no way a seven-man rotation can survive a seven game series. Or so we thought. Once again we're seeing Mike Miller in the Finals and once again, we're seeing Dellavedova bring some spark to a seemingly depleted Cavaliers team.

Andrew Bogut Needs To Figure Out How To Contribute

Andrew Bogut Needs To Figure Out How To Contribute Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
The Warriors can't keep scoring less than 40 points in the first half. Go ahead and throw rocks at my house, but Curry is not an MVP in the realm of James. The tide that raises all ships? That's James. Curry is phenomenal, but you're phenomenally misguided if you think he can win this title without any help.

Andrew Bogut Needs To Figure Out How To Contribute

The Warriors can't keep scoring less than 40 points in the first half. Go ahead and throw rocks at my house, but Curry is not an MVP in the realm of James. The tide that raises all ships? That's James. Curry is phenomenal, but you're phenomenally misguided if you think he can win this title without any help.

If James Begins Shooting Effectively, The Warriors Are Done

If James Begins Shooting Effectively, The Warriors Are Done Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
LeBron James' shooting volume has ramped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but the field goal percentage hasn't kept pace. If James' accuracy reaches rhythmic, this series is over.

If James Begins Shooting Effectively, The Warriors Are Done

LeBron James' shooting volume has ramped up in the absence of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, but the field goal percentage hasn't kept pace. If James' accuracy reaches rhythmic, this series is over.

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