Wil­lCavs suf­fer fromKar­dashi­anCurse?

The Mercury News Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - ByMartha Ross mross@ba­yare­anews­group.com Con­tact Martha Ross at 925-943-8254.

Tris­tan Thomp­son didn’t play so hot in Game 3 of the NBA Fi­nals onWed­nes­day, and nei­ther did his Cleve­land Cava­liers, who lost to the Golden State War­riors, 110-102.

But Khloe Kar­dashian was there, root­ing for Thomp­son, the fa­ther of her baby daugh­ter, TMZ re­ported. The show of sup­port comes at a time when the re­al­ity TV star may or may not be wa­ver­ing in her com­mit­ment to stick by the 27-year- old for­ward, who was caught up in a cheat­ing scan­dal in the days be­fore she gave birth.

Thomp­son re­port­edly went into the game de­ter­mined to right the wrongs of a trou­bled sea­son, which for him has in­cluded the tabloid at­ten­tion sur­round­ing his ro­mance with Kar­dashian, but also a calf in­jury and a string of lack­lus­ter per­for­mances.

“We know how im­por­tant it is to get Game 3,” Thomp­son said to re­porters Tues­day. “This is the most im­por­tant game of the se­ries. We gotta go out and leave it all out there.”

Mean­while, Kar­dashian had­herown reasons tofeel anx­ious about Wed­nes­day night’s game, Hollywood Life re­ported.

“She’s so emo­tion­ally in­vested, this isn’t just a game for her, in her mind their whole re­la­tion­ship could de­pend on him win­ning,” a Kar­dashian fam­ily “in­sider” told Hollywood Life. “If he loses, it could po­ten­tially be dev­as­tat­ing for them as a cou­ple be­cause Khloe fears Tris­tan will sub­con­sciously blame her for the loss.”

Yes, the in­sider raised the specter of the “Kar­dashian curse.” This is the idea that men’s lives go down­hill af­ter they date or get mar­ried to one of the five Kar­dashian sis­ters. The curse is sup­posed to be es­pe­cially prob­lem­atic for male ath­letes.

“As stupid as the Kar­dashian curse ru­mors are they have an im­pact,” the in­sider toldHol­ly­wood Life. “Peo­ple taunt Tris­tan about them, and Khloe’s ter­ri­fied he’s se­cretly go­ing to hold it against her, or re­sent her un­fairly if he loses and the Kar­dashian curse gets blamed. She’s pray­ing night and day that he wins.”

The Cava­liers have lost the first three games to the War­riors and have just one more chance tonight to stay in the best-of-seven se­ries.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS FILE

Khloe Kar­dashian, left, showed up Wed­nes­day to sup­port Tris­tan Thomp­son for Game 3of the NBA Fi­nals.

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