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Australians Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova played limited minutes in Game 3 of the 2016 NBA Finals, which saw Dellavedova’s Cleveland Cavaliers thrash Bogut’s Golden State Warriors 120-90.
Bogut played well in the first quarter early, scoring four points on a dunk and a lefty hook, blocking a shot, and grabbing a couple of rebounds. He sat for much of the rest of the game, playing just 12 minutes total, as Warriors coach Steve Kerr elected to use a smaller lineup.
Dellavedova also sat for most of the game, as his fellow point guard Kyrie Irving had a breakout performance, scoring 16 points in Uncle Drew-like fashion in the first quarter, before finishing with 30 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds and multiple highlights:
Playing most of his eight minutes in “garbage time”, as Cleveland led by 27, Melbournian “Delly” hit his patented wrong-footed floater, but didn’t do much else.
The Warriors trio of MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green finished with 35 pts combined, their lowest collective total for the entire season.
Cleveland role players JR Smith and Tristan Thompson did their bit, with Smith hitting five threes for 20 points with a stellar +/- of +33, while Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds with seven on the offensive end, including this rebound and-one:
Lebron James dominated, with 32 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, and multiple highlight plays:
Kevin Love, who missed the game due to concussion, was replaced in the starting line-up by Richard Jefferson, who pitched in with nine points and eight rebounds. Love is expected to return for Game 4.
Cleveland are now 8-0 at home in the 2016 playoffs, and with this resounding win, they must be feeling confident going into Game 4 at home on Saturday (Australian time) with a chance to even the series.
6 June 2016
My Australian-focused coverage of Game 2 of the ’16 NBA Finals, as published on The Pick and Roll: