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We’ve seen the Cavs dig themselves out of a massive hole in the NBA Finals before, but staring down a 0-3 deficit against this Warriors team? Forget about it.
That’s what makes Wednesday night’s Game 3 matchup (9 p.m. ET, ABC) so important. Only four teams in NBA history have won the NBA Finals after being down 0-2, and last year’s Cavs became the only team to ever win the title after trailing 1-3.
Matt Slauson Jersey After the series, Fingers compared his relationship to teammates to that of a marriage battle. If you don’t yell at your wife, he said, you must be a hell of a guy.
Also just ahead of that series, a story had leaked that controversial A’s owner Charles Finley had not been making payments to the insurance fund of pitcher Catfish Hunter, as Hunter’s contract had required. Hunter, who had previously vowed never to talk directly to Finley, had hoped to defer the issue until after the World Series, but it became a cloud over the Oaklanders.
Here’s how another A’s star pitcher, Ken Holtzman, sized up Finley: I disagree with just about everything the man does, but at least he knows you and he’s on a first鈥恘ame basis with the players. Hell, I spent seven years in Chicago (with the Cubs) without even meeting the owner. But Finley thinks he knows baseball, and I don’t think he knows that much about the game.
And there was poor Alvin Dark, a devout Christian who had taken over as the manager of the A’s that year and got a quick lesson in just how meddlesome Finley could be. As A’s outfielder Reggie Jackson put it, Al needs religion to manage the A’s. Even Henry Kissinger couldn’t keep peace with this club.
This version of the Warrior is much different, of course. They talk about the sacrifice required to accommodate so much talent on one team, and their coaching situation 鈥?which saw Mike Brown go 11-0 while filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr 鈥?is the envy of the league.