UM basketball center Rodney Miller says he was duped by Miramar car dealership

University of Miami basketball player Rodney Miller said he was duped by a Miramar car dealership.

“My mom found this place online and told me to check it out. I liked the car and ended up having some problems,” Miller told Local 10 News.

Miller purchased a 2004 GMC Envoy from Rudy Jimenez, owner of One Auto Miami Export in Miramar.

He said the car began to backfire, but Jimenez assured him it was a simple fix.

“It came to the point where I had to pull over like 20 times on the highway, so it was a really dangerous situation,” Miller said.

Miller and his mother turned to Manny the Mechanic, who works right next door to the dealership.

“The transmission was not good on that car,” Manny said.

The UM center took her car back to the dealership after having the vehicle for only a week.

“He said he was going to give me another car,” Miller said.

But Miller said there was never any proof that the second car existed.

He and his mother asked for a refund and were given a check that was returned for insufficient funds on two separate occasions, he said.

When Local 10 staffer Melanie Alvarez stopped by, no one opened the door at One Auto Miami, but Jimenez told Local 10 News over the phone that a refund was mailed out already.

“OK, we told them we were going to go ahead and replace it with the one, with the second payment,” Jimenez said.

Miller said Jimenez made a similar statement to Miramar police in May.

“Once I realized that he did not buy the second car, me and my mom stopped believing what he was saying,” Miller said.

The sign outside the business says they are open, but residents who live nearby said they are not.

Neighbors said the business closed up and cleared out a week ago, and ever since, people having been coming up and knocking on the door, looking for answers.

Miramar police said the case is a civil matter, so it is unclear when or if Miller will get a refund.

 

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Lonzo Ball has special Father’s Day message

Father’s Day is coming up. So is the NBA Draft. And some of the top prospects are taking a moment to thank Dad.

That’s tricky in the case of Lonzo Ball, whose father, LaVar, is known for clashing with reporters and picking fights with NBA stars and sportswear companies.

A Foot Locker commercial released Wednesday features potential top draft picks talking about why their fathers are special — with Lonzo Ball going for the biggest laughs.

De’Aaron Fox, from the University of Kentucky, remembers his father letting let him win at one-on-one games in the driveway.

Jonathan Isaac, from Florida State, talks about how his father woke up early to drive him to faraway tournaments.

Jayson Tatum, who played for Duke, says his father never missed a game.

Then it’s Ball’s turn.

“Of course there’s that big day when your dad berates your high school coach in front of an entire crowd for not getting you enough touches,” he deadpans.

“Or that special moment when your dad sits you down and tells you where you’re going to college,” he continues. “Copyrights your name to make it a part of a family lifestyle brand. Went on ‘First Take’ and shouted back and forth with Stephen A. Smith about how you’re already better than the reigning league MVP.”

And more: “All those interviews from the stands during college games. The public spats with the all-time greats. Sound bite after sound bite to the national media. And then tells 29 out of 30 teams to not bother drafting you.”

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The ad follows in the style of other Foot Locker commercials. Last year, the company ran an ad with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady mocking his role in the Deflategate scandal.

Lonzo Ball, who played for UCLA, is expected to go high in the draft on June 22. While LaVar has made it clear he wants the Lakers to draft his son with the second overall pick, Lonzo told CNNMoney that he’s fine with whatever team picks him.

He said his father’s style doesn’t bother him, and that they’re close and won’t let the public break them up.

He also had a more serious message about his dad: “Happy Father’s Day. Thanks for always being there. I love him to death.”

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Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113

The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals (all times local):

11:50 p.m.
   Kevin Durant made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 in the NBA Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night.
   Durant scored 31 points and Klay Thompson had 30 for the Warriors, who improved to 15-0 in the postseason and are on the brink of the first undefeated finish in the NBA. Stephen Curry had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
   LeBron James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers, and Kyrie Irving added 38 points. Blown out in the first two games, the Cavaliers were much better in Game 3, but just not good enough to beat a team that could go down as one of the best ever.
   Game 4 is here Friday night.
   ——
   11:35 p.m.
   LeBron James is two rebounds and two assists shy of his ninth career NBA Finals triple-double. And the Cleveland Cavaliers are six minutes away from their first win of the series.
   James has 37 points and Kyrie Irving has 38 as the Cavs cling to a 108-107 lead over the Warriors midway through the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Wednesday night.
   Klay Thompson has 30 points, Kevin Durant has 24 and Steph Curry has 22 for the Warriors. Draymond Green has five fouls and the Warriors have turned it over 18 times.
   Kevin Love has had a difficult shooting night, but has 12 rebounds and six steals to give James and Irving some much-needed help.
   A ninth triple-double would be a finals record for James.
   ——
   11:10 p.m.
   The Cleveland Cavaliers have survived the third quarter in the NBA Finals.
   After getting blown out in that period in the first two games of the series, Cleveland won the third quarter of Game 3 Wednesday night and takes a 94-89 lead into the fourth quarter.
   LeBron James has 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds, Kyrie Irving has 33 points and the Cavaliers are hanging on for dear life in a game they know they cannot afford to lose. Irving’s incredible driving layup through four Warriors whipped Quicken Loans Arena into a frenzy and gave Cleveland a seven-point lead late in the quarter.
   The Warriors have hit 13 3-pointers, but Draymond Green has four fouls and Golden State has turned the ball over 17 times to let Cleveland hang around.
   It’s the first truly competitive game of the Finals, a welcome sight for the NBA after an entire playoffs filled with blowouts.
   ——
   10:55 p.m.
   A glimmer of hope for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
   Last year’s Finals turned with Draymond Green’s suspension. Now Green has four fouls midway through the third quarter of Game 3 Wednesday night.
   Cleveland leads 80-79 and Green’s foul trouble has to be a little unnerving for the Warriors in their first road game of the Finals.
   The volatile Green has been under control for the most part throughout these playoffs. But he lost his cool in the first half, picking up a technical foul late in the second quarter after arguing for a foul call on Kyrie Irving. The defensive wizard picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but he is so important to what these Warriors do that coach Steve Kerr kept him in the game.
   Kevin Love snapped an 0-for-5 start with a 3-pointer that gave Cleveland a 71-69 lead with nine minutes to play in the quarter, the first time they’ve held a lead in a quarter other than the first in this series.
   Irving is up to 27 points and LeBron James has 27.
   Steph Curry has 20 points and has hit 5 of 7 3s for Golden State.
   ——
   10:25 p.m.
   It’s a shootout in Cleveland at the NBA Finals, which is just fine with Golden State.
   The Warriors lead the Cavaliers 67-61 at halftime of Game 3 on Wednesday night. Both teams are shooting over 50 percent from the field in another high-scoring affair.
   Klay Thompson has 21 points, Kevin Durant has 16 and Steph Curry has 14 for the Warriors, who hit 12 3-pointers in the first two quarters.
   LeBron James has been sensational again for Cleveland, scoring 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting. In doing so, he passed Elgin Baylor and Bill Russell on the career finals scoring list.
   Kyrie Irving got going in the second quarter and has 17 points, but he made a critical mistake on defense late in the quarter that gave the Warriors an edge.
   Irving left Thompson open behind the 3-point line to try to swipe a steal from Zaza Pachulia in the post and Thompson buried the 3 to give Golden State an eight-point lead.
   ——
   10:05 p.m.
   Kyle Korver is dunking, LeBron James is hitting everything in sight and Cleveland has forced nine turnovers in the first 18 minutes of Game 3. And yet, the Warriors still lead.
   Golden State holds a 46-45 advantage midway through the second quarter, thanks to some timely baskets from David West and 16 assists on 17 made baskets.
   James has 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting and the Cavaliers are shooting 50 percent from the field. So many things are going right for them in their first home game of the series. But the margin for error is so small against a Warriors machine that has steamrolled through the playoffs.
   Korver brought the crowd to its feet with a dunk — just his second of the season — and James scored on a spectacular left-handed reverse layup to win a one-on-one matchup with Kevin Durant.
   Klay Thompson has 18 points for the Warriors.
   ——
   9:45 p.m.
   The Warriors are making it rain in Cleveland.
   Golden State hit an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 39-32 lead over the Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday night. The shooting barrage comes one game after they hit a finals record 18 from long range in Game 2.
   Klay Thompson scored 16 points in the quarter and hit 4 of 5 shots from deep. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant each hit two 3s and Andre Iguodala added one as well. The great shooting has helped Golden State absorb quite a punch from LeBron James in the opening 12 minutes.
   James scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first quarter, including a vicious dunk over Durant and JaVale McGee.
   J.R. Smith has added a pair of 3s for Cleveland, but James is going to need a lot more help if Cleveland is going to take its first game of the series.
   ——
   9:30 p.m.
   J.R. Smith reporting for duty in the NBA Finals.
   After hitting his first shot of Game 1, the Cavaliers sharpshooter had not made a shot in only five attempts over the next 95 minutes of game action. But Smith has shown up early in Game 3 Wednesday night, hitting his first two 3-pointers to help the Cavaliers take an early 21-19 lead in the first quarter.
   LeBron James is off to a fast start as well, which is nothing new. He has 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting. James was shaken up when teammate Tristan Thompson inadvertently hit him with a shoulder to the chest, but hopped up and didn’t miss any action after the collision.
   Kevin Durant has hit his first three shots, including two 3s, for the Warriors.
   ——
   9:10 p.m.
   Game 3 of the NBA Finals is underway and there are no surprises.
   Despite speculation that the Cleveland Cavaliers could make some changes to their starting lineup after two straight wipeouts in the Bay Area, coach Tyronn Lue stuck with the same five — LeBron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith on Wednesday night.
   Lue declared on Tuesday that he wasn’t making any changes to his lineup, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr quipped before the game that he wouldn’t be surprised if his counterpart wasn’t being completely honest with the media.
   The Warriors, of course, are making no changes to the machine that has reeled off 14 straight wins in these playoffs. It’s Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia.
   Prior to the game, the NBA held a moment of silence for vice president of broadcasting Todd Harris, who died on Tuesday at the age of 47.
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   8:45 p.m.
   There hasn’t been a Rihanna sighting at Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
   But there are a few celebrities in the building, including Usher and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Golfers Bubba Watson and Jason Day were also among the celebs mingling courtside before Wednesday night’s matchup. They posed for several photographs with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, who is from nearby Ashtabula and has attended Cavs games in the past.
   When the Warriors arrived, Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr were greeted at the security checkpoint by former pro wrestler Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair.
   But actor Michael Rapaport, a die-hard Warriors, may have made the biggest impression on Cavs’ fans. He came in carrying a broom and exchanged some words with one fan who wasn’t happy about his brash gesture.
   ——
   8:25
   Having already shoved aside the Showtime Lakers, Stephen Curry the Golden State Warriors are trying to move past one of hockey’s powerhouses.
   A victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals would be the Warriors’ 15th straight in the postseason and give them the longest winning streak in the major professional sports.
   Golden State is currently tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 14 straight across the 1992-93 Stanley Cup playoffs, according to information provided to the Warriors by Elias.
   The previous NBA record of 13 straight wins had been set by Los Angeles in 1988-89 and matched by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016-17.
   A victory would also be the Warriors’ 30th in their last 31 games, dating to the regular season. Five NBA teams didn’t win 30 games all season.
   ——
   8:05 p.m.
   Cleveland’s Kyle Korver doesn’t mind long shots. Long breaks are another matter.
   Playing in his first NBA Finals, the Cavaliers’ sharpshooter has struggled with his shot through the first two games, going 2 of 7 from the field — 1 of 6 3-pointers. Korver’s struggles have contributed to the Cavs being down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors, who are keeping a close eye on the 14-year veteran whenever he’s on the floor.
   Korver, who was traded to the Cavs from Atlanta in January, says the break following the Eastern Conference finals has affected his timing.
   “For me personally we’ve had these long breaks in between series and I haven’t been very good in any series in Game 1 and 2 as far as making shots,” he said before Wednesday night’s Game 3. “You know, it’s a rhythm thing. I’m hoping as the series goes on for me, get some more looks and be able knock `em down.”
   ——
   7:40 p.m.
   Golden State is playing to be No. 1 this season.
   The Warriors also have a chance to be No. 2 in ANY season.
   If Golden State wins these NBA Finals over Cleveland in four or five games, the Warriors — 81-15 this season going into Wednesday night — would finish with the second-best single-season winning percentage in league history (including all games, regular season and playoffs).
   Chicago’s 87-13 mark in the 1995-96 season cannot be topped this year.
   For now, the No. 2 record is owned by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 81-16.
   Last year’s Warriors had the best regular-season record ever, 73-9. They then went 15-9 in the playoffs, and their 88-18 total-season record wound up fourth-best in league history coming into this season.
   ——
 

 

7:15 p.m.

Basketball season. Football weather.

Cavaliers’ fans swapped T-shirts and shorts for long sleeves and sweat shirts as unusually cool spring weather had Cleveland feeling fall-like on Wednesday night hours before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. But despite the chilly weather, Clevelanders were fired up to see if the Cavs can climb back into the series after losing Games 1 and 2 on the road to Golden State by a combined 41 points.

Cleveland was in the same spot a year ago, but that was before the Warriors added Kevin Durant to a 73-win team.

Bars and restaurants were overflowing with patrons along East Fourth Street about three basketball courts distance away from Quicken Loans Arena, which will be filled with 20,000 screaming fans looking for the Cavs to take their first step toward another comeback.

Security was extremely tight outside the arena as fans were required to pass through metal detectors in order to take part in events on the plaza between the Q and Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Once inside, some fans launched jump shots on outdoor courts while others positioned themselves for prime seats to watch the game on a giant screen.

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Warriors rally to beat Cavs 118-113

The Latest on Game 3 of the NBA Finals (all times local):

11:50 p.m.
   Kevin Durant made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 45 seconds left and the Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 in the NBA Finals by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 118-113 on Wednesday night.
   Durant scored 31 points and Klay Thompson had 30 for the Warriors, who improved to 15-0 in the postseason and are on the brink of the first undefeated finish in the NBA. Stephen Curry had 26 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
   LeBron James had 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers, and Kyrie Irving added 38 points. Blown out in the first two games, the Cavaliers were much better in Game 3, but just not good enough to beat a team that could go down as one of the best ever.
   Game 4 is here Friday night.
   ——
   11:35 p.m.
   LeBron James is two rebounds and two assists shy of his ninth career NBA Finals triple-double. And the Cleveland Cavaliers are six minutes away from their first win of the series.
   James has 37 points and Kyrie Irving has 38 as the Cavs cling to a 108-107 lead over the Warriors midway through the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Wednesday night.
   Klay Thompson has 30 points, Kevin Durant has 24 and Steph Curry has 22 for the Warriors. Draymond Green has five fouls and the Warriors have turned it over 18 times.
   Kevin Love has had a difficult shooting night, but has 12 rebounds and six steals to give James and Irving some much-needed help.
   A ninth triple-double would be a finals record for James.
   ——
   11:10 p.m.
   The Cleveland Cavaliers have survived the third quarter in the NBA Finals.
   After getting blown out in that period in the first two games of the series, Cleveland won the third quarter of Game 3 Wednesday night and takes a 94-89 lead into the fourth quarter.
   LeBron James has 32 points, seven assists and six rebounds, Kyrie Irving has 33 points and the Cavaliers are hanging on for dear life in a game they know they cannot afford to lose. Irving’s incredible driving layup through four Warriors whipped Quicken Loans Arena into a frenzy and gave Cleveland a seven-point lead late in the quarter.
   The Warriors have hit 13 3-pointers, but Draymond Green has four fouls and Golden State has turned the ball over 17 times to let Cleveland hang around.
   It’s the first truly competitive game of the Finals, a welcome sight for the NBA after an entire playoffs filled with blowouts.
   ——
   10:55 p.m.
   A glimmer of hope for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
   Last year’s Finals turned with Draymond Green’s suspension. Now Green has four fouls midway through the third quarter of Game 3 Wednesday night.
   Cleveland leads 80-79 and Green’s foul trouble has to be a little unnerving for the Warriors in their first road game of the Finals.
   The volatile Green has been under control for the most part throughout these playoffs. But he lost his cool in the first half, picking up a technical foul late in the second quarter after arguing for a foul call on Kyrie Irving. The defensive wizard picked up his fourth foul early in the third quarter, but he is so important to what these Warriors do that coach Steve Kerr kept him in the game.
   Kevin Love snapped an 0-for-5 start with a 3-pointer that gave Cleveland a 71-69 lead with nine minutes to play in the quarter, the first time they’ve held a lead in a quarter other than the first in this series.
   Irving is up to 27 points and LeBron James has 27.
   Steph Curry has 20 points and has hit 5 of 7 3s for Golden State.
   ——
   10:25 p.m.
   It’s a shootout in Cleveland at the NBA Finals, which is just fine with Golden State.
   The Warriors lead the Cavaliers 67-61 at halftime of Game 3 on Wednesday night. Both teams are shooting over 50 percent from the field in another high-scoring affair.
   Klay Thompson has 21 points, Kevin Durant has 16 and Steph Curry has 14 for the Warriors, who hit 12 3-pointers in the first two quarters.
   LeBron James has been sensational again for Cleveland, scoring 27 points on 11-for-14 shooting. In doing so, he passed Elgin Baylor and Bill Russell on the career finals scoring list.
   Kyrie Irving got going in the second quarter and has 17 points, but he made a critical mistake on defense late in the quarter that gave the Warriors an edge.
   Irving left Thompson open behind the 3-point line to try to swipe a steal from Zaza Pachulia in the post and Thompson buried the 3 to give Golden State an eight-point lead.
   ——
   10:05 p.m.
   Kyle Korver is dunking, LeBron James is hitting everything in sight and Cleveland has forced nine turnovers in the first 18 minutes of Game 3. And yet, the Warriors still lead.
   Golden State holds a 46-45 advantage midway through the second quarter, thanks to some timely baskets from David West and 16 assists on 17 made baskets.
   James has 23 points on 10-for-11 shooting and the Cavaliers are shooting 50 percent from the field. So many things are going right for them in their first home game of the series. But the margin for error is so small against a Warriors machine that has steamrolled through the playoffs.
   Korver brought the crowd to its feet with a dunk — just his second of the season — and James scored on a spectacular left-handed reverse layup to win a one-on-one matchup with Kevin Durant.
   Klay Thompson has 18 points for the Warriors.
   ——
   9:45 p.m.
   The Warriors are making it rain in Cleveland.
   Golden State hit an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in the first quarter to take a 39-32 lead over the Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday night. The shooting barrage comes one game after they hit a finals record 18 from long range in Game 2.
   Klay Thompson scored 16 points in the quarter and hit 4 of 5 shots from deep. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant each hit two 3s and Andre Iguodala added one as well. The great shooting has helped Golden State absorb quite a punch from LeBron James in the opening 12 minutes.
   James scored 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the first quarter, including a vicious dunk over Durant and JaVale McGee.
   J.R. Smith has added a pair of 3s for Cleveland, but James is going to need a lot more help if Cleveland is going to take its first game of the series.
   ——
   9:30 p.m.
   J.R. Smith reporting for duty in the NBA Finals.
   After hitting his first shot of Game 1, the Cavaliers sharpshooter had not made a shot in only five attempts over the next 95 minutes of game action. But Smith has shown up early in Game 3 Wednesday night, hitting his first two 3-pointers to help the Cavaliers take an early 21-19 lead in the first quarter.
   LeBron James is off to a fast start as well, which is nothing new. He has 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting. James was shaken up when teammate Tristan Thompson inadvertently hit him with a shoulder to the chest, but hopped up and didn’t miss any action after the collision.
   Kevin Durant has hit his first three shots, including two 3s, for the Warriors.
   ——
   9:10 p.m.
   Game 3 of the NBA Finals is underway and there are no surprises.
   Despite speculation that the Cleveland Cavaliers could make some changes to their starting lineup after two straight wipeouts in the Bay Area, coach Tyronn Lue stuck with the same five — LeBron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith on Wednesday night.
   Lue declared on Tuesday that he wasn’t making any changes to his lineup, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr quipped before the game that he wouldn’t be surprised if his counterpart wasn’t being completely honest with the media.
   The Warriors, of course, are making no changes to the machine that has reeled off 14 straight wins in these playoffs. It’s Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia.
   Prior to the game, the NBA held a moment of silence for vice president of broadcasting Todd Harris, who died on Tuesday at the age of 47.
   ——
   8:45 p.m.
   There hasn’t been a Rihanna sighting at Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
   But there are a few celebrities in the building, including Usher and the Rev. Jesse Jackson. Golfers Bubba Watson and Jason Day were also among the celebs mingling courtside before Wednesday night’s matchup. They posed for several photographs with Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer, who is from nearby Ashtabula and has attended Cavs games in the past.
   When the Warriors arrived, Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr were greeted at the security checkpoint by former pro wrestler Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair.
   But actor Michael Rapaport, a die-hard Warriors, may have made the biggest impression on Cavs’ fans. He came in carrying a broom and exchanged some words with one fan who wasn’t happy about his brash gesture.
   ——
   8:25
   Having already shoved aside the Showtime Lakers, Stephen Curry the Golden State Warriors are trying to move past one of hockey’s powerhouses.
   A victory in Game 3 of the NBA Finals would be the Warriors’ 15th straight in the postseason and give them the longest winning streak in the major professional sports.
   Golden State is currently tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won 14 straight across the 1992-93 Stanley Cup playoffs, according to information provided to the Warriors by Elias.
   The previous NBA record of 13 straight wins had been set by Los Angeles in 1988-89 and matched by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016-17.
   A victory would also be the Warriors’ 30th in their last 31 games, dating to the regular season. Five NBA teams didn’t win 30 games all season.
   ——
   8:05 p.m.
   Cleveland’s Kyle Korver doesn’t mind long shots. Long breaks are another matter.
   Playing in his first NBA Finals, the Cavaliers’ sharpshooter has struggled with his shot through the first two games, going 2 of 7 from the field — 1 of 6 3-pointers. Korver’s struggles have contributed to the Cavs being down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors, who are keeping a close eye on the 14-year veteran whenever he’s on the floor.
   Korver, who was traded to the Cavs from Atlanta in January, says the break following the Eastern Conference finals has affected his timing.
   “For me personally we’ve had these long breaks in between series and I haven’t been very good in any series in Game 1 and 2 as far as making shots,” he said before Wednesday night’s Game 3. “You know, it’s a rhythm thing. I’m hoping as the series goes on for me, get some more looks and be able knock `em down.”
   ——
   7:40 p.m.
   Golden State is playing to be No. 1 this season.
   The Warriors also have a chance to be No. 2 in ANY season.
   If Golden State wins these NBA Finals over Cleveland in four or five games, the Warriors — 81-15 this season going into Wednesday night — would finish with the second-best single-season winning percentage in league history (including all games, regular season and playoffs).
   Chicago’s 87-13 mark in the 1995-96 season cannot be topped this year.
   For now, the No. 2 record is owned by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers, who went 81-16.
   Last year’s Warriors had the best regular-season record ever, 73-9. They then went 15-9 in the playoffs, and their 88-18 total-season record wound up fourth-best in league history coming into this season.
   ——
 

 

7:15 p.m.

Basketball season. Football weather.

Cavaliers’ fans swapped T-shirts and shorts for long sleeves and sweat shirts as unusually cool spring weather had Cleveland feeling fall-like on Wednesday night hours before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. But despite the chilly weather, Clevelanders were fired up to see if the Cavs can climb back into the series after losing Games 1 and 2 on the road to Golden State by a combined 41 points.

Cleveland was in the same spot a year ago, but that was before the Warriors added Kevin Durant to a 73-win team.

Bars and restaurants were overflowing with patrons along East Fourth Street about three basketball courts distance away from Quicken Loans Arena, which will be filled with 20,000 screaming fans looking for the Cavs to take their first step toward another comeback.

Security was extremely tight outside the arena as fans were required to pass through metal detectors in order to take part in events on the plaza between the Q and Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Once inside, some fans launched jump shots on outdoor courts while others positioned themselves for prime seats to watch the game on a giant screen.

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Ex-NBA player, coach Derek Fisher charged with DUI

Former NBA player and coach Derek Fisher was charged with DUI early Sunday morning after rolling his Cadillac in suburban Los Angeles, police said.

Neither Fisher nor his passenger, former “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan, was injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Fisher was driving north on US 101 just east of the I-405 exchange in Sherman Oaks about 3 a.m., police say. His vehicle veered onto the paved shoulder and hit a raised concrete curb and a guard rail, then overturned and came to rest on its roof, the CHP said.

During the investigation, officers “discovered” Fisher had been drinking and he was arrested for DUI without incident, the CHP said.

No other vehicles were involved.

Neither Fisher nor reps for Govan immediately responded to requests from CNN for comment.

Fisher, 42, played 18 seasons in the NBA, mostly with the Los Angeles Lakers, before retiring in 2014. He won five NBA championships with the Lakers.

The New York Knicks hired him as their head coach in 2014. He was fired midway through his second season in 2016 and has since worked as a TV analyst during Lakers games.

Govan, 32, is the former wife of NBA player Matt Barnes, Fisher’s former Lakers teammate. Fisher and Govan have been dating since October 2015, according to Bleacher Report.

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Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

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The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday night to set up a NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors.

 

While the Warriors have posted a perfect 12-0 record in the playoffs this season, the Cavs have nearly matched them. LeBron James and company were unbeaten through 10 games before losing to the Celtics on a last-second 3-pointer in Sunday’s Game 3.

 

However, after a 112-99 comeback win in Game 4 and Thursday night’s victory over the injury-riddled Celtics, the Cavs now stand at 12-1 this postseason.

 

The win means James is going to his seventh straight finals and will rematch with the team his Cavs beat to win the NBA championship last year. It’s also the third straight year the two teams have clashed in the finals, with Golden State winning the title in 2015.

 

By going unbeaten in three series to reach the NBA Finals, the Warriors broke the previous record for best start in NBA postseason history, which the Los Angeles Lakers set twice with 11-0 runs in 1989 and 2001.

 

The NBA Finals get underway with Golden State, which finished with a league-best 67-15 record in the regular season, hosting Games 1 and 2 on June 1 and 4. The series then shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 7 and 9.

 

If needed, the series would then alternate between Golden State and Cleveland for the final three games of the best-of-seven series on June 12, 15 and 18.

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