After another blowout in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, it is not looking good for the Cleveland Cavaliers as many are already crowning the Golden State Warriors the champions of the 2016-17 season.
But if history is any indicator, this series is not over yet. In addition to the Cavs’ own comeback in the 2016 Finals after being blown out in Games 1 and 2, there is also the Warriors’ own troubled history in Games 3s.
The Warriors have played 12 playoff series under Steve Kerr since the start of the 2015 playoffs. In those series, the Warriors routinely blow out their opponents in Games 1 and 2, with average winning margins of 10.8 and 14.8 points, respectively, and going 21-3 overall. But for whatever reason, the Warriors struggle in Game 3s, as they are just 5-6 and have been outscored by an average of 1.6 points per game.
Things get better for the Warriors in Games 4 and 5, but if the Cavs are going to get back into the series, the door could be open in Game 3.
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