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2018 NBA Finals - Game 3 Open Thread

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For three hours tonight, let’s pretend nothing else is happening.

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Paul/Weiss, the law firm hired by the Philadelphia 76ers to investigate the Bryan Colangelo burner account scandal, has been racking up easy billable hours, and Sixers management continues to drag its feet on what should be the easiest decision of its tenure. The original story on The Ringer broke over one week ago, and still, Colangelo remains in the employ of the Sixers. While we consider the possibility that the team may not depose a man who has lost all trust and credibility throughout the league, let’s take our minds off that mess for at least a few hours tonight and focus on the ongoing NBA Finals.

In thinking of these current Finals, to paraphrase the philosopher Marshall Mathers, “If something needs to happen, it needs to happen now.” In 2016, the Cavaliers pulled off what felt like a miracle in coming back from a 3-1 deficit, but no NBA team in history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit. With the current series shifting back to Cleveland and Golden State leading 2-0, Wednesday night’s game is about as must-win as it gets for LeBron James and company.

Still, the J.R. Smith game will likely go down as the crucial missed opportunity for Cleveland to actually make this a series. Golden State appeared to regain its stride in Game 2, as Steph Curry set an NBA Finals record with 9 made threes. He is now a heavy favorite to earn his first Finals MVP award. If the Warriors are on their A-game, even a Herculean effort by LeBron won’t be enough to make up for the talent disparity between the two sides.

Use this thread to take a break from Burnerghazi/Woodergate and discuss Game 3 of the Finals, which tips off tonight at 9:00pm EST.