Game 3 was a massive playoff surge for Golden State and Cleveland. Both teams had dominating victories this time around and helped extend their postseason run. Of course, the question for Cleveland will be whether they can continue this level of play. Golden State will also need to stay on their toes against Houston but at least they currently have the lead.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics
After consecutive games to disappoint fans, Cleveland had a resurgence of energy heading into this playoff game. They defeated Boston with a 116-86 final score and made up for some of their shortcomings last week. However, The team will need to continue with this level of play if they hope to overtake the Celtics. Boston currently leads them 2-1 with wins, putting the Cavaliers at a disadvantage. Kevin Love and George Hill both stepped up for Game 3 for a combined total of 26 points and 17 rebounds. As per usual, LeBron led the pack with 27 points and 12 assists to once again point out why fans call him King James.
Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors
Just like that, the Rockets end up as the underdog again. For a hot second, it seemed like Houston might be able to pull through with some shocking wins. Instead, Golden State dominated them in this playoff game. With a 126-85 final score, Houston will need to play their heart outs throughout the rest of this round. James Harden and Chris Paul once again led the court for the Rockets with a combined 33 points, 13 assists, and 15 rebounds. Clint N’Dumba-Capela was the only one who got even close to their numbers with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Now is when the Rockets need to function as a team compared to the regular season.
There are even more playoff games to watch this week to see who will come out on top this round. The race is neck-to-neck and anyone could be the winner and move onto the finals. This is the kind of fast-paced drama that NBA fans love to see every year.