The Cleveland Cavaliers were going to win Game 3, turning the 2017 NBA Finals from a lopsided yawner into the compelling rubber match we'd all anticipated.
Unfortunately, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors had other plans in their 118-113 road victory. Barring something extraordinary, this series is over, and that's no overreaction.
The following takes, however, are overreactions — some of our favorites from around the Internet following Cleveland's last-minute loss.
Just how much truth is at the heart of these piping hot perspectives? We're glad you asked.
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The Cavs need to trade Kevin Love
If you're still making this case, I don't know what games you're watching. Love has been the Cavs' second-best player during these Finals, Kyrie Irving's hot second second half in Game 3 notwithstanding. His floor spacing is crucial to what LeBron James wants to do on offense, and he's turned into an above-average defender in Cleveland.
There is one scenario where a Love trade makes sense, I suppose. If the Cavaliers can acquire two young wings who play defense and shoot 3s, then maybe moving Love is the right move.
Honestly, though, I'd trade Irving before I'd shop Love. The Cavs point guard is a much bigger problem for Cleveland these days.
The writing was on the wall late in the second quarter, when the King left two fadeaway jumpers way short. That he felt the need to take that specific shot instead of going to the basket was an even bigger indication of his fatigue than the fact he missed badly.
This was the risk the Cavs had to take, though. LeBron played 45 minutes and 37 seconds on Wednesday night. Cleveland outscored Golden State by seven points when he was on the court; the Warriors outscored the Cavaliers by 12 points in that two minutes and change when he rested.
That's why he went scoreless for the final 4:28 of the game as the Cavs watched a Game 3 win slip away — and anyone who tells you LeBron came up short because he's just not clutch is wrong.
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Tyronn Lue cost the Cavaliers Game 3 (and the series)
Oh, Ty Lue.
You're a better coach than people give you credit for. Getting LeBron James to buy in isn't easy, as his long lineage of coaches will attest. You deserve credit for getting through to him last year. The plays you draw up after timeouts are pretty stellar, too — but you have done the Cavaliers no favors in these Finals.
Cleveland spent the first 10 quarters of this series trying to run with the Warriors.
To reiterate, the Cavs thought flying up and down the court with the Golden State Warriors was a good idea.
The strategy did not work. It was never going to work. When Cleveland slowed the game down in the second half of Game 3, they got right back into things, only for the Warriors to snatch a victory in the final minute.
It's too bad, really. Had Lue started this series with the right approach, maybe we'd have a competitive Finals on our hands.
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The Warriors should have lost automatically when Kyle Korver dunked
This was more of a Twitter joke than an overreaction, but I don't care. It still stands.
If you allow Kyle Korver to throw down a dunk in an NBA Finals game in the year 2017 AD, you should lose by default.
Let's try to get that added by the rules committee before next season — because a rule change and four Korver dunks might be the best shot anyone has to take down Golden State in a seven-game series.