No panic for 'embarrassed' Warriors after Game Three rout

Thu Jun 9, 2016 5:38pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

CLEVELAND (Reuters) - The Golden State Warriors were left red in the face after a stunning Game Three blowout loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers but insist their confidence has not been shaken and promise to be better when the NBA Finals resume.

The NBA's best team all season, who won the first two games of the best-of-seven series by a combined 48 points, suffered a humiliating 120-90 loss on Wednesday at the hands of a much more aggressive Cleveland Cavaliers team.

Game Four is Friday in Cleveland, where the Warriors will try to avoid the same sluggish start they made on Wednesday when the host Cavaliers raced out to a 20-point first-quarter lead that proved too much for Golden State to overcome.

"We'll respond tomorrow. I mean, we've done it the whole year, and the best part about this team is everyone's so competitive that we're all embarrassed for Game Three. We really are," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said on Thursday after practice.

"So we're going to have a better showing tomorrow and I really believe that."

The usually sharp-shooting Thompson accepted much of the blame for the loss as he failed to provide his usual offensive spark for a Warriors team that arrived in Cleveland on what seemed to be a fast-track to a second consecutive NBA title.

Golden State's 110-77 Game Two blowout of Cleveland marked their seventh straight victory over the LeBron James-led team dating back to last year's NBA Finals, but the streak ended with a crash at Quicken Loans Arena.

Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, arguably the best shooter in league history, has been far from his best in the NBA Finals but refuses to panic or complicate things ahead of Friday's pivotal Game Four.   Continued...

Jun 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; The Golden State Warriors players react from the bench during the final seconds in the fourth quarter of game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 120-90. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports