Kevin Durant nearly confronted heckler outside team hotel after Game 3

Open thread: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors NBA finals

"We definitely have to win tonight", said Brown. But as you know, it's probably going to come up.

Cavaliers' superstar Lebron James continued his brilliant playoff run with a 33-point triple double, but the Cavs were still unable to defend their home court.

Video emerged Thursday afternoon of a weird exchange between the former Thunder teammates, as Durant can be seen on the podium mouthing what appears to be "f-k you" to Perkins as the big man apparently walked by.

"Incredible, even by his standards", Love said. Durant, for his part, could be well on his way to adding another Finals MVP trophy, as he's averaged team bests of 31.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game through three games.

"We talk about his versatility all the time, " Warriors guard Stephen Curry said prior to Game 3. "We'll see what happens, but I don't see myself taking that big of a cut". But third quarters have kind of been our Achilles heel all year. I think it's our level of communication on the floor, as well as off it; that has helped us perform. "Once you got a good lather, the game is so intense, the adrenaline was flowing and it took out most of it - not all of it".

The Cavaliers have lost the first two games, but James' wardrobe didn't hurt his performance.

They were asking for trouble. That's what this team does.

The Cavs' big man, who has been targeted defensively by the Warriors over the course of the rivalry, was relentless in the first half. If the Warriors throw that first punch and go up eight or so, it's easy for guys to just say screw it. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.

Durant's final points came on a 3-pointer that was shot a few feet back from the spot he pulled up from in Game 3 of last year's Finals. Three of the Cavs' wins over them in this arena have been by more than 30 points and in only one of them was the margin of victory less than nine.

But a lot of the angst won't be about the Warriors, it will be about James.

LeBron was brilliant early in the game, being aggressive and attacking downhill, getting into the lane and not settling for threes.

James can be a free agent, and there's a real sense around the National Basketball Association that this summer - just like in 2010, when he left for Miami - could be packing up and leaving his native northeast OH once again.

LeBron James refuses to go silently in the NBA Finals.

Golden State now leads the series 3-0.

A bounce here, a couple stops there, the Cavs could be leading in these finals and the conversation would be different.

But Smith claims the Warriors believe James will leave Cleveland.

"I'm not done playing basketball yet, so I don't really look at these as defining moments", he told a news conference.

But it wasn't enough in a game where the Cavaliers just have to try to outscore the Warriors because they can't get stops. "That's who I am".

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