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Warriors Poised to Sweep NBA Finals
The Warriors will cover in Game 4
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There are no silver linings following the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. There is only regret, and this immense feeling of hopelessness.
Could the Cavaliers look at Game 3 and think "Damn! We almost beat them! We can totally force a Game 5!" Of course they can. That's what they will try to do. Tristan Thompson was adamant that this team fares better with its back up against the wall.
But let's be real: It probably isn't happening.
The Cavaliers themselves seemed to accept their fate after Game 4. LeBron James waxed envy about the Warriors' unprecedented firepower. Head coach Tyronn Lue was at a loss for words in the locker room. This entire series, really, the Cavaliers have seemed to know that the Warriors are better. James has tiptoed around that fact many times, dancing around the elephant in the room after Games 1 and 2: The Warriors swapped out Harris Barnes for Kevin friggin' Durant.
Going to work down 3-0 is hard under any circumstances, but it's especially hard now, with the Warriors trying to go 16-0 for the postseason and hoping to exact revenge for Cleveland's upset in the NBA Finals last year. Even if the Cavaliers put their best foot forward, they still might lose. We know this, because they did that in Game 3, and they lost.
In order to make anything out of this game, let alone this series, LeBron has to have seen his last second of rest. The Cavaliers were outscored by 12 points when he was on the bench in Game 3, according to NBA.com. That's terrible no matter how long he was the floor, but it's especially, and unfathomably, horrid knowing he rested for barely two minutes—144 seconds to be exact.
Play LeBron the entire way, and maybe the Cavaliers win. Maybe we're talking about their chances of tying the series up at two games apiece. Maybe, just maybe, we're hopeful they can cover the spread on a line that might actually favor them at home.
Instead, we're left submitting to the inevitable.
The Warriors have been too good to pick against them. If they were favored by double digits, we could bank on the Cavaliers coming through. But they beat the Cavaliers by five points on Wednesday while failing to play their best basketball for more than a few possessions at a time. What's going to happen in Game 4, if Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant get going in the same quarter?
Personally, if I'm being honest, I want this pick to be wrong. I want a Game 5. I want to see the Cavaliers fight and be entertained at a time when the NBA playoffs have stunk something awful.
As a bettor, though, there's no decision. The Warriors have a 46-point edge after three games. They're the pick.
The Pick: Golden State Warriors (-6)
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