Curry came alive in the third quarter. He has 26 points and is tied with Durant as a game-high plus-19. The Cavs are only shooting 35.8 percent from the field. This is all Golden State.
Thompson and Draymond Green combined: six points, 3 of 18 from the field. The Warriors lead 80-64 with 3:56 left in the third quarter. This doesn’t seem fair.
It’s also fruitless to run down the Kevin Durant narratives. He’s no longer chasing that ring. He has that ring, and he earned that ring by blowing through the NBA Finals with 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. This was his crystalized-in-time moment, and any criticism of him at this point is spinning wheels.
We should spin toward the future instead. Golden State won its 16 playoff games by an average of 16.3 points per game and beat the Cavaliers in the four victories by an average of 13.8 points per game despite a triple-double in the form of 33.6 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game from James. This series had moments, but it wasn’t close.
At this point you have two choices. You could get wound up about the competitive balance of the league, regular-season rest patterns and free-agency moves. Or you could cross your fingers and hope Cavs-Warriors IV is better.
The second choice is better in the short term because that’s where we’re at. If next year’s NBA Finals aren’t more competitive than this, then we might have a problem.