Takeaways From Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals

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LeBron James Might Have to Leave Cleveland if He Wants to Win Another Championship

Cleveland is now down 3-0 in the NBA Finals, and are on the verge of getting swept. Even if the Cavs do win Game 4 or possibly Game 5, they’re not going to be the NBA Champions this year. I wouldn’t put it past LeBron to overcome being down 3-0 based on what we’ve seen him do before, but I would put it past pretty much every other Cavaliers player. With how the Warriors and some of these other teams are built or are being built, LeBron James isn’t going to win another championship if he stays in Cleveland. The only way he can stay and win is by recruiting other stars to come play there with him, but I doubt that will happen. There have been rumors that LeBron James could go to the Warriors this offseason, and honestly, he might have to if he wants to win more championships. He’s the best player in the world, and he’s already brought one championship to Cleveland, but there’s only so much he can do with the players he has surrounding him right now. If LeBron does go to a team like the Warriors, it could really ruin the NBA, but he may just have to do it if he wants a lighter load and more championships.

Rodney Hood Should Have Been Playing This Whole Time

So why hasn’t Rodney Hood been playing again? He finally got his chance in Game 3 and he made the most of it. Hood played 26 minutes in Game 3 and scored 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Hood showed his ability to create his own shot, which is something the Cavaliers could have used earlier in this series. There’s a reason why LeBron usually has to create all the shots. It’s because they can’t do it themselves. Playing Hood obviously didn’t turn into a win for the Cavaliers, but it did show them he can be a valuable player for this team. He should continue getting opportunities for as long as the series goes on, especially with the way some Cavs are shooting right now.

These Refs Are Just Bad

If you’ve read my past two articles for Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, you know how I feel about these refs. They’ve made terrible calls, mostly against the Cavaliers. I was hoping something would change after they’ve taken so much heat from the sports world, but no. Things continued to be called in favor of the Golden State Warriors. What I’m mostly referring to this time is the free throws. Going into half time, the Cavaliers hadn’t shot a single free throw, while the Warriors had shot 13 free throws. That’s just wrong. I was watching that game the entire time, and I refuse to believe the Cavaliers weren’t fouled while shooting at least one time during the first half of this game. Cleveland did end up shooting 17 free throws in the second half, which evened out the free throw attempts for both teams, but still, 0 free throws in a half of basketball? Come on refs.

Kevin Durant Wants His Doubters to Shut Up About How He Wins Championships

Ever since Kevin Durant signed with the Warriors, he’s had more and more doubters. A lot of people have said he can’t win a championship by himself. One of those people is me, I’ll admit it. It is kinda true because he could never win one with the Thunder and then joined three other all-stars to win his first, but last night Durant showed his ability to be a true champion. Steph Curry scored 11 points on 3-of-16 shooting last night, while Klay Thompson scored 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting. While Steph and Klay were having terrible nights, Durant scored 43 points and hit multiple daggers to put Cleveland away. Yes, he does get a lot of help most nights, but last night the champion inside Kevin Durant came out. Anyone who doubts Kevin Durant as an NBA Champion should doubt him a little less right now.

Steph Curry Probably Ruined His Shot at Winning Finals MVP

After the first two games of this series, there was a lot of talk about who would be the Finals MVP. It looked like Steph Curry was the front runner for the award after he had 29 and 33 points in the first two games. Last night was different. Steph scored 11 points, while his teammate Kevin Durant went off for 43 points. In my opinion, this 11 point performance ruined Curry’s chance at winning Finals MVP. Kevin Durant took over big time last night and put himself in the drivers seat to win the award. He’s now scored 26, 26, and 43 in three games. Sorry Steph, but it looks like you still won’t be a Finals MVP.



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