Warriors' Iguodala expected to play in Game 3

Sherman Parsons
June 7, 2018

Learn from how one got away in 2016. They ranked among the top five in almost every statistic that emphasizes team basketball during the regular season, including fifth in screen assists per game, fourth in passes made per game and first in assists per game. Learn from Boston, both this year and six years ago. Granted, the Cavs may have a hulk in LeBron but that didn't prove to be enough during last year's NBA Finals.

Now with the series at 2-0 in favor of Golden State, the Warriors are just two wins away from solidifying their modern National Basketball Association dynasty.

There's even a couple of places showing odds for Wednesday's Game 3 in Cleveland already.

There is some heft to the argument that the refs stole Game 1 of the NBA Finals from the Cavaliers and handed it to the Warriors. If they go down 3-0, series over.

"We all know what he's capable of and how he helps this team", Warriors forward Draymond Green said.

We also have three years of data that proves the Finals are a seven-figure jolt to the downtown hotel market. The Celtics had him and the Heat down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals in 2012, and couldn't finish.

During the regular season, he'd average 6.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

McGee got the Warriors off and running in Game 2 with two easy dunks to open the game. We've had a lot of really good teams. But the Warriors would be foolish to not remember that series, not to remember the ultimate cautionary tale. They've been doing their thing.

"We're all victims of our expectations that we've set", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. "Being the elder statesman here and seeing what has all gone into being on this stage every single year - when it comes to the guys that I get to suit up with every single night, from Bob Myers down to the coaching staff to the ownership - it's just a transformation that I got to see firsthand and all the details that went into it". So we're not going to relax at all because this team's been down and out before and counted out by the media. The Warriors are not going to win.

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This series at times has been the Cavaliers versus the cavalier. Golden State never trailed. But the Warriors' motto is "strength in numbers", and Livingston and McGee are personifying that.

Two days later, when the Cavs routed the Warriors in Game 4, the hotel occupancy rate was 97.1%, the revenue soared $1.305 million (12.8%), the average daily rate was up 7.5%, the revenue per available room jumped 11.1% and demand increased 4.9%.

Golden State would love nothing more than to continue building momentum as the franchise approaches the opening of its new San Francisco arena, Chase Center, in summer 2019 if all remains on schedule. They adjusted nicely against James after his 51-point barrage in Game 1.

Well the NBA Finals are officially off and so far they're shaping up just like how e expected.

"They're right there", Armstrong said.

The formula worked Sunday. The Pistons have recorded just one winning season in the past 10 years. "When you're down like this, a deficit like this against a team like this, there's no good feeling".

Allen needed 171 playoff games to reach 385, while James took 237 games to get to 369.

"If they win this one, they're right up there with all of the teams for a dynasty-type caliber situation up here in Golden State".

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