Stephen Curry has completed his fourth of 12 3-point attempts, giving him 28 points. But, more importantly, he now passes Kobe Bryant for most 3-pointers in the NBA playoffs.
It appears Manu Ginobili has left the court for the last time at least for this season. The AT&T Center is giving him a standing ovation. Coach Gregg Popovich asked whether Ginobili wanted to go out on the court one last time with less than two minutes remaning. He declined.
The Cavaliers made their point to get it back to 3-1 again. Only this isn’t 3-1. Cleveland was trailing 3-0. A comeback from that would be bigger than that time the Boston Red Sox came back from the same deficit to beat the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. That started with a Kevin Millar walk, a Dave Roberts steal and a game-tying single by Bill Mueller in the ninth inning off Mariano Rivera. The rest is history.
We’re a long way until these NBA Finals get there. If the Cavs win the next one, then Irving will have about a billion memes to choose from.
The reality is Golden State can eliminate all of that by closing out the series Monday. The Warriors won the first two games there by an average of 20.5 points, and now has the motivation of responding to a blowout for the first time in a while. They did that after Game 3 in 2016 to take that last 3-1 lead.
Over the next three days, that comparison will continue to made. Overreactions to Green’s technical foul and postgame comments are coming. Midges, Kardashians, Wade’s getup. Locker-room chatter, before or after. It doesn’t matter.