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If they help, kicking it out for threes, we want to play with a pace, but to play with pace, you've got to get stops.

"Underrated?" Durant responded when recently asked about the perception of his D.

And it's the same place as Wednesday's Game 3 - Quicken Loans Arena.

The Warriors remained flawless in the 2017 post-season by sweeping the first two games of the NBA Finals at home and enter game three Wednesday at Cleveland on a record 14-0 playoff win streak - two wins shy of the first undefeated run to a championship. But Green calling it an outright "mistake" seems notable. Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warri.

"We play at our pace", Cavaliers small forward LeBron James said after Tuesday's practice.

"We play at our pace", James said.

And that's why forward Draymond Green exclusively is focused on hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy. "We have a huge hurdle to get over tomorrow". For perspective, LeBron James has a cumulative Finals Game Score of 51.9.

With Durant, the Warriors reached the NBA Finals a ideal 12-0 in the postseason after sweeping each of the previous three rounds and then found another gear against the Cavaliers.

"I've gotten better, and 2013 is when I feel I really turned the corner as a defender".

"They're definitely throwing a lot of bodies at me". Durant has been the best player in the series, fantastic on defense and provided more offense in two games than Barnes did in seven. Cleveland worked its way back in past year to beat the Warriors four games to three. "I have the physical tools, but it's also about mentally knowing what to do".

Irving has averaged 21.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists, below or just at his playoff averages.

Thompson led the Cavs with 14 rebounds.

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"His defense was unbelievable, and we needed it".

"It was the nature with which they won that game", said Kerr. "You got to play every game like you're down". So that's a pretty scary proposition for us.

But this time is different: Kevin Durant is a Warrior.

The Warriors have been constantly reminded how quickly a series can turn.

Kevin Durant has been so good in the NBA Finals, he has overshadowed the back-to-back reigning MVP. "Guys are locked in like I've never seen before, understand the task ahead and know this is going to be the hardest game of the series". "We have an eclectic system".

The Warriors committed 20 turnovers in Game 2 but simply shook that off with an NBA Finals-record 18 3-pointers in a 132-113 romp.

"Then they (the Cavs) just took it to us from the beginning", said Kerr.

With a loaded lineup and enough hot hands to fill an octopus, the Warriors don't need to rely on any one player to take a lot of shots.

So if any of that goes differently, and the Warriors win 73 games and then the title, they are unquestionably the greatest team of all time. We try to do it all year.

"In the moment you obviously want to - that was a decision that we had talked about and we had discussed as a group and answered questions from the media pretty much from January on about that being a possibility", Curry said.

"It's not as sexy, but it's important".