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[*] posted on 11-2-2018 at 08:47 PM
Both healthy and playing at MVP levels

James has played nearly 40 minutes per game in the series so far, and the fast pace in Game 1 only increased in Game 2. Taking LeBron off the court may feel like a basketball death sentence for Tyronn Lue, but any opportunities he has near the end of quarters to rest James must be taken. When James is on the floor, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and the rest of his teammates need to help handle the offensive burden.

Other Cavs must accept the challenge of guarding Durant. Otherwise, James will see his productivity go down again, and the Warriors will finish off the Cavs with another third-quarter run.Warriors: Be aggressive from the startGolden State and Game 3s go together like oil and water. The Warriors have been the home team in all 12 of their playoff series under coach Steve Kerr, meaning that first road game has been a challenge. They are 5-6 in that stretch, including last year's finals blowout when the Cavs smacked the Warriors with a 33-16 first quarter on the way to a 120-90 victory.

"They just took it to us right from the beginning," Kerr said of Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals. "I remember our offense was pushed back to half court the first few possessions. They set a great tone. I think they went up big right away, and so we got to be ready for that initial force."Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy. Can they manufacture that same fire without the Oracle Arena crowd and avoid becoming complacent?

If the Cavs want to keep up with the Warriors, they need to take advantage when Golden State's best defensive player is on the bench. Green played less than 25 minutes in Game 2, down more than seven minutes from his regular-season average. But Cleveland couldn't take advantage.Here is what it looks like for the series.

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