Kevin Durant: ‘We don’t want to play with the gods like that’

Lawrence Cooper
June 8, 2018

After a season of uncharacteristic inconsistency and injuries to key members of their core, the Golden State Warriors are now one win away from their third championship in four years after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and JaVale McGee each had 10 points.

"He's one of the best players that I've ever played against that this league has ever seen", LeBron James said after Game 3.

"After that game, as he made his way back to the team hotel, Cleveland Cavaliers fans berated Durant with thoughtful feedback such as "K.D., you suck!" and K.D., UT's butt!"

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, the 2015 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, returned to Golden State's lineup after being sidelined by a left leg bone bruise.

In fact, Kendrick Perkins reportedly directed a monstrous double middle finger salute at Durant while the reigning Finals MVP was at the podium answering questions from the media. "They are going to try to do the same thing in the first quarter and more on Friday".

For the second straight Finals, Kevin Durant put forth an unbelievable performance in Game 3 on the road in Cleveland to lift the Warriors to a win and give them a stranglehold on the series. He eventually took six threes, hitting just one, but he was carrying this team. "We want to come out here and play our best game and just respect the game". They play Game 4 in Cleveland on Friday.

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Durant added shot 6-for-9 from the three-point line, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131. Throughout the Houston series, a lot of folks criticised Kevin Durant for his iso plays, calling the move "selfish", and saying it was bogging down the offense.

This is the great thing about Golden State's looming dynasty, one that is on the verge of beating Cleveland for the National Basketball Association title for a third time in the last four years.

"It's a different game, different season", Durant said.

Curry called Durant's zone "supreme self confidence".

The Warriors celebrated their 2015 National Basketball Association championship on the Quicken Loans Arena floor, but it took them six games to do it. "I think everybody gets excited for the small parts of the game, and Steph is one of those guys that just brings that joy". The Warriors are on their fourth appearance, and they got better after their second with the addition of Durant. There are just 27 of them total outside of LeBron.

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