CLEVELAND, Sporting Alert — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers return home for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors with his legacy in question. Watch live streaming coverage on WatchESPN, while ABC will have the live national television broadcast, starting at 9:00 pm ET.
The Cavaliers head home down 2-0 in the seven-game finals after losing the two previous games by double-digits.
NO MAJOR CHANGES SAYS LEBRON
Cleveland has been totally outplayed in the finals thus far and can’t afford to fall behind 3-0 in the series.
Still, despite the ineffective efforts to halt the likes of Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, James isn’t expecting any major adjustments in the lineup Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Three-time NBA champion and superstar forward isn’t prepared to change the way he plays as well, noting that win or lose, he’s ready to “live with the results.”
“It’s something I am accustomed to,” James said. “It’s something that I feel like is — that it’s OK for me to kind of always go back and know that I can refocus.
“I can get my guys ready, get myself ready. But you hate to continue to put yourself in these positions, but at the end of the day it’s still just basketball, man, and that’s what gives me [comfort] and I’m more comfortable about it because it’s just a game.
“I prepare myself, I’m going to go out and do my job and live with the results.”
The Cavs, who were hammered 113-91 in Game 1 and 132-113 in Game 2 of this series, were in a similar position through two games in the NBA Finals last season and were able to turn things around.
CAN CAVS TURN IT AROUND?
James and Co. defeated Golden State by 30 points in Game 3 last year and they hold the same level of confidence entering this matchup Wednesday night.
However, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index isn’t siding with the defending champions, given that the Warriors are a different team this time with the addition of Kevin Durant from Oklahoma City.
COULD BE A FINALS SWEEP
Base on the first two games, there is talk of a sweep in Cleveland and ESPN’s BPI favors the Warriors by 62 percent to take a 3-0 series lead on the road.
The Cavs will hope history repeats itself, as they defeated Golden State by 30 points in Game 3 last year when trailing 2-0.
After sweeping through the early rounds, Golden State is now on a 14-0 win streak in this year’s playoffs.
Durant, who is averaging 35.5 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and 2.5 blocks per game, has been the standout man for the Western Conference champions in the finals and you can expect the All-Star forward to continue building on that momentum as he hunts his first ever NBA championship.
SUPPORT CAST MUST STEP UP
James recorded a triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds in the last game and is averaging 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the series.
However, the four-time MVP is going to need help from the likes of Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, JR Smith and the bench, to avoid being swept aside.