Cavs To Challenge Warriors With Depleted Roster In Game 3
Kyrie Irving’s season ended during overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals last Friday. As the Golden State Warriors won the final series opener at overtime, the All-Star point-guard battling a knee tendinitis suffered another jerk in his left knee as it collided with Klay Thompson.
The Cleveland Cavaliers declared last Saturday ahead of Game 2 that Irving has been diagnosed with fracture due to contact play. The All-star underwent a surgery on Saturday morning and requires 3 to 4 months rehabilitation. Irving sat out as LeBron James led the Cavs to tie 1-1 at overtime of game 2. The Cavs will desperately miss his service for the rest of the final series. His replacement Matthew Dellavedova hasn’t turned out to be a game-winner yet.
With Kevin Love already out of the series, the Cavs will have to face MVP Stephen Curry-led Golden State with a depleted roster in game 3 on Tuesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. The hopes in Cavs camp rest on LeBron James with a staggering average of 41.5 points, 12 rebounds, 8.5 assists in 48 minutes per game in this edition of the NBA finals.The Cavs had an incredible run in the playoffs so far, as Golden State are the best team of pre-season.
The Cavs also restricted the Warriors, with ace throwers like Curry in their roster 18 of 62 shooting from beyond the arc. Curry returned with only 17 points in game 2, as Klay Thompson top-scored with 34 points. The Cavs only lost twice at home since January and shall look forward to grab a 2-1 advantage on Tuesday riding on LeBron James’ genius. But the Cavs’ shooting was dismal in game 2, a fact that would bother coach David Blatt most going into game 3. Entire roster shot 33.2 percent, with Timofey Mozgov was the only guy to shoot 50 percent at target. One needs to remember, that the MVP won’t fail every game in the finals!