Cleveland needs to boost defense in Game 2

The Golden State Warriors entered their third straight National Basketball Association finals Thursday evening in a familiar position. The Warriors can score enough on their own accord, so giving them extra possessions is almost a death sentence.

All in all, after a 22-point win in Game 1 and a 1-0 series lead in the NBA Finals, the Warriors should feel very good about themselves moving into the remainder of the series.

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Cleveland Cavaliers next to forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, when asked after the game how well the Warriors are playing, said "They're the best I ever seen" but knows his team have more to offer.

Hayward suggested that Golden State's offense, particularly its ability to get out and run in the open court, might be too much for Cleveland to overcome. Two weeks later, the Cavs were crowned NBA Champions. "No matter how many days that you have to prepare, you can't simulate what they have", James said. Durant has scored at least 25 points in each of his six career Finals games, losing in his only other appearance to LeBron and Miami in 2012. A former NBA Coach of the Year, Brown has a great deal of familiarity with LeBron James, having coached him during his first tenure in Cleveland from 2005-10. To accomplish this historical goal against the explosive Cleveland Cavaliers is probably more a fantasy than a likely outcome. It was the first championship for any Cleveland professional team in 53 years. It's been enough of a sample size to wonder if he will regain his shooting touch before the finals conclude. This season the Cavaliers have shown their ability to beat the best of the best in their conference, now they just have to prove their ability to hand the Warriors a loss in the finals.

Despite his outstanding defense, Thompson's shooting woes even the playing field somewhat in the finals.

The Warriors, who usually suffer from turnover troubles, only committed four turnovers throughout the game. So I just tried to play as hard as I can and not make it about a matchup, it's about us, it's about the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers and we're only going to do it together. But the turnover differential stood out more than anything, and it's not something that will continue for the rest of the series. The pop star provided ample entertainment during the blowout by beefing with the fans, distracting broadcasters and talking trash with Warriors superstar Kevin Durant. A year ago the Cavaliers made the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, rallying from 3-1 down to take the title.

The Golden State Warriors have yet to lose in the postseason.

  • Zachary Reyes