Cavs living dangerously with strategy to push the pace in Game 2
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 11:32
"So it's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing".
The Cavs feel confident heading into Game 2 on Sunday knowing that a lot of the problems they encountered in game 1 can be fixed.
The Warriors are an National Basketball Association record 13-0 in this year's playoffs, and their undefeated record will not be broken on Sunday unless Cleveland takes better care of the ball, James said.
"That's when they become very unsafe because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the 3-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defense", LeBron James said. "But we just got to play our game and the way we know how to play, and that's what's been successful for us". This year will settle the argument about which team is greater. Golden State had only four giveaways, matching a finals record low.
Golden State's other Splash Brother has made far more brick sounds than swishes so far this postseason but it's work on the defensive end that has stood out most and been a major factor in the Warriors leading Cleveland 1-0 in the NBA Finals after three straight series sweeps to open the postseason. Draymond Green is the Warriors' emotional leader on defense, and he shook off a 3-for-12 shooting night to have a major impact on the defensive end with 11 rebounds and a block. In the 14 Finals games over three years against the Cavs, the Warriors are 5-2 when Curry scores at least 26 points.
Taking care of the ball will be equally important after that became a major problem in the opener for Cleveland, which committed 20 turnovers in an uncharacteristically sloppy game. "As long as they stay healthy, what they have is just too much, and I think they'll walk away with the title".
Tristan can not have 0 points in an NBA Finals game ever.
The speedy Warriors' fast break proved more than Cleveland could handle. "I don't even remember that", KD said.
"He's one of the best offensive rebounders in the league, so they're doing a good job of making sure they get two guys on him, two guys hitting his body to keep him off the glass", Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue said of Thompson's impact. We're a team that plays with pace. We've got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us. In the second half, Durant drove to the basket again. "We can play at a high tempo as well as in transition and in half-court". We will play better. "I know he wants to do better, but we're not really anxious about it".
Since coaching the Warriors to their first two playoff triumphs this year, Kerr has been sidelined with nausea and migraine headaches due to complications from back surgery two years ago.