Sport NBA Finals 2017: Steve Kerr predicted Cavs would get tired in Game 3

20:55  08 june  2017
20:55  08 june  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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As Golden State looked to take a three-game lead over the Cavaliers in Wednesday's NBA Finals matchup, Kerr told his team to keep on top of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving because they were going to run out of gas in the late going.

"We just kept telling the guys, they're going to get tired. Stay in front of them. Force them into outside shots, if you can," Kerr said. "Fatigue will play a role. And I think when you get guys playing 45, 44 minutes, basically attacking one-on-one the whole game, it's — you hope eventually it's going to take its toll. I wasn't sure after awhile, they just were going nuts.

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"But I think that we just stayed with it, and our defense finally kicked in."

James said he wasn't fatigued during the game and that he got second and third winds, but at the end of the night he did feel exhausted in every sense after the final buzzer.

"Obviously, it's physically and emotionally draining because I give everything to the game and want to put myself and my teammates in a position to be successful," he said. "I lay it all on the floor, and I did that tonight, gave everything that I had, both mentally and physically. So obviously, I'm drained right now, ready to get home. But you're going against a team like this and you put together a game like we had where we had an opportunity, it's definitely draining."

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The Cavaliers were up, 113-107, with less than three minutes left when an 11-0 run gave Golden State the 3-0 lead. Kevin Durant's seven points in those last minutes were crucial, bringing his grand total of the night to 31 points scored.

"He took over," Kerr said of Durant's effort. "You can tell, he knows this is his moment. He's been an amazing player in this league for a long time, and I think he's — he senses this is his time, his moment, his team. When I say his team, I mean it's not literally just his team, it's we got a group around him that can help him and create space for him with the shooting and the play making, and I think he's having the time of his life out there."

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