Following a dominant performance from Kevin Durant on Wednesday night, the Golden State Warriors are one victory away from their third NBA championship in four years, and the first sweep in the NBA Finals since 2007.
Will Durant, Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors finish off LeBron James and the host Cleveland Cavaliers in the minimum four games? Here are a pair of predictions for Game 4 of the 2018 NBA Finals, which will begin Friday at 6 p.m. Arizona time on ABC15.
ABC15 sports anchor Jason Snavely
The fat lady just needs to sing already. The series is over.
No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in Finals history. Yes, the Cavaliers were the first team to erase a 3-1 deficit in 2016, but things are different this year. Put simply, this Warriors team is better and this Cavaliers team is worse than they were two seasons ago.
As for Game 4, I do believe Golden State finishes it off Friday night. They prove time and time again that if one or two of their all-stars have an off night, another will surely step up in their absence. The Cavs will go down fighting in front of their home crowd, but the Warriors break out the brooms in Cleveland. Warriors 116, Cavaliers 108
ABC15.com sportswriter Shane Dale
J.R. Smith's blunder didn't just cost the Cavs a Game 1 victory; it set the tone for the rest of this series. Cleveland simply couldn't afford to fall behind 2-0 in this series, and even an outstanding overall performance at home in Game 3 wasn't enough against a far more talented Warriors team.
Even if LeBron does something in the 60-point, 15-rebound, 15-assist range Friday -- and at this point, it would be foolish to bet against him doing so -- the Steph Curry-Kevin Durant-Klay Thompson-Draymond Green combo has proven time and time again to just be too much for a Cavs team that's mediocre at best without their star. Look for Golden State to earn the first NBA Finals sweep since the Spurs swept LeBron and the Cavs out of the finals 11 years ago. Warriors 119, Cavaliers 102