And it still wasn't enough. He also wanted his team to be more physical than they were in the two games played on Golden State's floor to start the series.
If James wins, good luck trying to hand over the trophy, Durant said. One game, Curry goes nuts and sprays threes.
Durant was an All-Star for the Warriors yet again this season, averaging 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 68 games.
Durant stopped in his tracks and turned around.
Durant also added 13 rebounds and 7 assists, shouldering a massive load on a night when Curry and Klay Thompson were faltering.
"We got stagnant", Love said. I think that's very important.
Kevin Durant delivered a sneer to the Cleveland crowd after his Game 3 shot.
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They were asking for trouble.
"I thought we did some things that we need to correct if we want to win the next game". That's what this team does. "There are going to be nights like that for all of them". "So now we've just got to finish the job". Not even the most optimistic Cleveland fan could expect that to change in the coming days.
The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence.
But a lot of the angst won't be about the Warriors, it will be about James.
But when the real voting takes place - perhaps as early as Friday night - the showdown for NBA Finals MVP will come down to a trio of future Hall of Famers. He has taken Cleveland to the NBA Finals now five times, and this now looks certain to be his fourth loss in those.
The "death stare" now goes right into the National Basketball Association postseason reaction vault, sharing space with Mario Elie's two-fingered "kiss of death" in 1995, Michael Jordan's "shrug" in the 1992 Finals and Shaquille O'Neal's "double-point" to the Lakers' bench in the 2000 West finals.
A bounce here, a couple stops there, the Cavs could be leading in these finals and the conversation would be different.
"It was a big shot", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said.
"I'm living in the moment now", James said after practice Thursday. I'll wake up Friday morning, I'll be locked in on the game plan and what needs to be done to help our team win.