With Love out, Lue went with a smaller starting lineup in NBA 2KMT Coins   Game 3, playing Jefferson at small forward and moving LeBron James to power forward. The decision worked well as the Cavs scored the game's first nine points and Jefferson, who has come off the bench all season, finished with nine points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes.

The 35-year-old Jefferson has been a steadying force on and off the floor this season for Cleveland, which signed him to a one-year contract last summer. Jefferson's selfless attitude has rubbed off on his teammates.

Jefferson said his mentality can't change whether he's starting or coming off the bench.

"You do the exact same thing every single day," he said. "It's called being a professional. Because you can not have the mindset on starting and then someone sprains their ankle on the first play of the game and now you're forced to play 36 minutes. You have to have that `always ready' mindset, if the coach needs you, if you're not going to be ready if he needs you in the fourth quarter because of a lineup change or - you just have to stay ready. Starting or not starting, it's always the same approach."

Cleveland's quick start - the Cavs jumped to a 19-4 lead - in Game 3 rattled the Warriors, who never recovered after winning Games 1 and 2 at home by a combined 48 points.

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