Cavaliers face now-or-never home stand in NBA Finals

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In Game 3 the role players did step up in a big way, but Kevin Durant was too much, and the Cavaliers still lost the game.

Iguodala's status for Wednesday's Game 3 against the Cavaliers is still up in the air, but Golden State has handled business without him en route to a 2-0 series lead.

Out of the rotation of late, Hood has three baskets in the final period and 15 points off the bench. There was a time in his career, however, that James wasn't only compared to Jordan, but also to Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

Then came the expected third quarter Warriors run - up-tempo play, some threes raining down, the layup line continued, and the Warriors had an 11-point third quarter lead at one point that shrunk to eight by the end of the quarter, but that was enough to have the Warriors up 83-81.

Iguodala's return would give the Warriors another option in their hopes of slowing down LeBron James, who's scored 80 points over the first two games of the series.

James opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer but Curry followed with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 96-83 Warriors edge.

"This year marks the 30 th anniversary for the development team at Visual Concepts and the 20 th for the National Basketball Association 2K series, so it was important to commemorate this milestone by partnering with the most iconic athlete of this generation in LeBron James", said Alfie Brody, Vice President of Marketing for National Basketball Association 2K.

Diego Schwartzman stops game on set point to get ailing spectator help
Nadal also called for a medical time-out at the end of the first set to receive some treatment on both of his wrists. The victor of the match will play either third seed Marin Cilic or Schwartzman's compatriot Juan Martin del Potro.

"We have to do a better job at home", Cavs guard J.R. Smith said.

Chris Haynes was asked for his gauge of LeBron James' free agency plans.

In Cleveland, the rim shrunk for Warriors' sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.

Steph Curry is now the leading candidate for Finals MVP after a 33-point, 8-assist, 7-rebound explosion, and a new NBA Finals record of 9 three-pointers in Game 2. Thompson, his backcourt mate, is 1 for 6.

Last night, though, Schwarz once again attempted to push the psychology angle, this time asking for what LeBron had been thinking when Kevin Durant nailed a critical shot, along with what LeBron had been thinking a year ago about a similar Durant shot. Kyle Korver missed a wide-open corner 3, Durant responded with a 3 in James' face and the Warriors won 118-113.

Andre Iguodala entered midway through the period for his debut in this series and made his lone shot. Game 4 is Friday night in Cleveland. LeBron's first 12 shots all the paint.

At least Schwarz didn't get hit with the "Be better tomorrow" LeBron dropped on him after Game 1.

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