• Wednesday night brought us Game 3 of the NBA finals. Word came out early in the day that Cavs power forward Kevin Love would sit this one out with a concussion. With their backs against the wall could the Cavs channel some home court energy to get back into this series, or would the Warriors continue their double digit victories like Games 1 and 2 and take a stranglehold on the series? Let’s take a look a Thursday’s daily dish. 

    CAVS 120, WARRIORS 90

    The Good:

    The Cavs came out hungry in this one going up 9-0 in the first minutes of Game 3. They held an eight point lead at the half and then exploded in the third quarter where they extended their lead to 20.

    We knew LeBron James would bring it in Game 3 and bring it he did. James scored a game-high 32 points on 14-of-26 shooting. He added 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks. James was all over the court in his 40 minutes of action and was dominant from start to finish.

    Kyrie Irving stepped up for the Cavs by scoring 30 points on 12-of-25 shooting. Irving came out hot in Game 3 and was able to hit some long distance jump shots. In one sequence he actually dribbled MVP Stephen Curry out of his socks. Irving added four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 37 minutes of action. If Irving continues to play at this high level we will be in for a long series.

    J.R. Smith added some necessary secondary scoring by contributing 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. He added five treys, four rebounds and three steals to close out his night. Smith did not play well during the first two games of this series so it was nice to see him bounce back with a strong performance in Game 3.

    Tristan Thompson chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Seven of those rebounds came on the offensive end and his defensive energy was highlighted by a couple of forced turnovers on Stephen Curry.

    For the Warriors, Harrison Barnes was the lone bright spot in an otherwise bleak effort. Barnes scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He added eight rebounds and three assists and scored some key buckets in the second quarter which kept the Warriors in the game at that point.

    The Bad:

    The Warriors came out completely flat in this one and while they did make a run in the second quarter the outcome was never really in question.

    The Splash brothers were uncharacteristically quiet shooting a combined 10-of-26 from the field. Stephen Curry scored a team-high 19 points but was limited to only two points at the half. At one point he had double the amount of turnovers (4) than points (2). Curry added three assists and two steals to round out his night.

    Klay Thompson only scored 10 points while connecting on 1-of-7 from the land beyond. Thompson was a team-high -27 on the court this evening and only added two rebounds, one assist and one steal to his line.

    Draymond Green played a team-high 36 minutes in Game 3 but only scored six points on 2-of-8 shooting. He did add seven rebounds and seven assists but admitted after the game that the Warriors had been bullied and he took full responsibility for that happening.

    The Takeaway:

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a series. After losing Game 2 by 33 points, the Cavs bounced back with a 30 point victory of their own. The Cavs remained undefeated on home court during these 2016 playoffs and it will be interesting to see if the Warriors are able to bounce back in Game 4 and hand the Cavs their first loss at home. Friday night should be one for the ages.

Fantasy News

  • Lou Williams - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.

    Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.

  • Patrick Beverley - G - Los Angeles Clippers

    Patrick Beverley put up 17 points with 14 rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.

    He shot 6-of-13 from the field and 5-of-11 from 3-point territory. His attitude and energy provide the young Clippers much-needed confidence. His defense and toughness have helped the Clippers push this series to six games and possibly further, which is something many people would have counted out before the playoffs started.

  • Danilo Gallinari - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    Danilo Gallinari put up 26 points on 9-of-22 shooting in a team-high 42 minutes as the Clippers beat the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday to avoid elimination.

    He did not shoot the ball well from beyond the arc as he went 3-of-11, but he did shoot 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and one steal to the box score. Gallinari has not been efficient during this series, and it is quite disappointing to see him taking a dip from his high level of production in the regular season. Gallinari will need to bring another performance like this one if the Clippers hope to force a Game 7.

  • Montrezl Harrell - F/C - Los Angeles Clippers

    Montrezl Harrell played well in a win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday as he had 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes of action.

    He added five rebounds, two assists and one block while shooting a perfect 2-of-2 from the line. Harrell provided energy and paint dominance for the Clippers throughout this game, which lifted them to a win to force a Game 6. Harrell's only block came late in the fourth quarter on a Kevon Looney dunk attempt, which shifted momentum in the Clippers' favor.

  • JaMychal Green - F - Los Angeles Clippers

    JaMychal Green started in Game 5 and scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting with three triples in 27 minutes of action in a win over the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Green was guarding Kevin Durant for much of his court time during Game 4, and Game 5 was no different. Durant is unguardable, so the 45 points that he scored is not Green's fault. He has been playing well in the starting lineup and there is no reason to believe that his role will change for Game 6.

  • Stephen Curry - G - Golden State Warriors

    Steph Curry scored 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc in Game 5 as the Warriors lost to the Clippers on Wednesday.

    The Warriors are still up by one game in the series, but it would have been nice to end it on their home court. Curry added three rebounds, four assists, and one block to the box score while shooting a perfect 6-of-6 from the line. Curry has had a phenomenal series thus far, which is seemingly inevitable with the Warriors' stars. The rest of the roster will need to step up in order to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.

  • Klay Thompson - G - Golden State Warriors

    Klay Thompson followed up his 32-point performance in Game 4 with a 22-point outing in Game 5 on 9-of-20 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.

    He made four triples while adding three rebounds and two assists to the box score. Thompson is having a solid series with averages of 18.3 points and 2.5 triples per game in the first four games, The Warriors will have another chance to close out the series on Friday night in Los Angeles.

  • Kevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors

    Kevin Durant put up 45 points on 14-of-26 shooting with six rebounds and six assists in a Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday.

    The Warriors had a chance to end the series tonight but could not capitalize as they got absolutely torched by Lou Williams down the stretch. Durant added two steals, one block and five 3-pointers to the box score. He was their main scoring option down the stretch and really kept them in the game, but Williams got the best of him and pulled out the win.

  • Chris Paul - G - Houston Rockets

    Chris Paul got it done in Wednesday night's win over the Jazz, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and three turnovers.

    Paul finished this series scoring 17.4 points on 46 percent shooting, both above his regular season averages. He has a habit of increasing his production in the post season and should continue to be a linchpin for the Houston offense as long as he stays healthy.

  • Clint Capela - C - Houston Rockets

    Clint Capela looked healthy in Wednesday's 100-93 win over the Jazz, scoring 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that Capela was feeling a lot better and it certainly looked it tonight. The lob-catching big man is essential to Houston's playoff success and could be in for a huge role in a potential showdown with the Warriors.