Cavaliers desperate to make stand at home in Cleveland

Mon Jun 6, 2016 6:03pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The old adage that a playoff series does not begin until a home team loses does not apply to the Cavaliers, who know a defeat in Game Three could all but finish their NBA Finals chances against the Golden State Warriors.

With LeBron James and the Cavs trailing 2-0, the best-of-seven championship series shifts to Cleveland on Wednesday.

After two emphatic home successes, the all-conquering Warriors would seize a 3-0 lead with a road victory that would extend their win streak against the Cavs to eight including the last three games of their NBA Finals triumph last season.

No National Basketball Association team has ever come back from 3-0 down to win the championship.

However, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue remained optimistic.

“The guys are not discouraged,” Lue said after Sunday's crushing 110-77 defeat in Game Two at the Oracle Center.

"They did what they were supposed to do, they won two games at home. We’ve got to get home and do the same.”

Logical enough, but against Golden State, the NBA's best ever regular season team with 73 wins, it is a tall order.

James acknowledged as much.   Continued...

Jun 5, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a play during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports