CLEVELAND (AP)—Under the long-used former NBA Finals format, Game 3 of this Golden State-Cleveland matchup would have been played Tuesday night.
Not this year, thanks to an extra rest day.
And the Cavaliers are probably celebrating that.
The Eastern Conference champions need as much time as they can get to try to figure out a way back into these finals. They’ve used LeBron James as a ballhandler and as a center, they’ve played at different speeds, they’ve tried different lineups.
There have been moments of success— just not enough to make this a series.
As such, the Warriors are two wins from back-to-back championships. Golden State will try to take a 3-0 lead in this finals rematch when the series resumes in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
“The next couple days, I won’t be reflecting,” James said. “I’ll figure out ways I can be better.”