David Blatt

Pressure point: Irving, Cavs face crucial Game 3 in finals

One day before his first NBA Finals game at home, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving spent time after practice trying out some one-on-one moves against assistant coach James Posey.

That's not what Cleveland needed him to work on.

With the Cavs already in a 2-0 hole they can't allow to get deeper, Irving must play like an All-Star, if not a superstar, for Cleveland to win Game 3 on Wednesday night over the Golden State Warriors, attempting to cap an historic season with a second straight title.

Irving has waited a year, actually a lifetime, for this moment. After breaking his kneecap in Game 1 of last year's finals and enduring months of grueling rehab, the 24-year-old,...