Cavaliers Could Shake Up Roster If They Lose NBA Finals
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 12:37
The 2017 NBA Finals will shift to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday night.
"It's easy to say we can look at the film and make adjustments, but overall we just - as an entire unit - we need to play better", said Love. "You guys asked me, 'What was the difference?' [after Game 1], and I told you", said LeBron James, whose Game 2 triple-double barely made a dent in the Warriors onslaught.
Defense will dictate the victor of Game 3, just as it has in the first two games.
Barrage of 3s: Several three-point records were set or tied in Game 2.
Unless that changes quickly, Cavs-Warriors III could end up being a much shorter series than the first two editions of the Finals trilogy that the teams split.
With Curry also making a triple-double, it was only the second time in play-off history that opposing players have achieved the feat in the same game - the first coming in 1970 by New York Knicks' Walt Frazier and Milwaukee Buck's Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "We're going home, the crowd will be behind our back and we have to go out there and play".
The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland - seven more than this year.
Kerr, who plans to handle the remainder of the final, pulled himself after feeling complications from a 2015 back operation following the team's game two win in the opening series against Portland.
"We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better", James said. "Heading to Cleveland we're gonna have to be a lot smarter". "There is another level that we can get to and we're going to need it in Cleveland".
Curry provided Kerr more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after the coach had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime.
The Warriors have won an NBA-record 14 straight playoff games and are threatening to become the first champion in league history to go through a playoff run undefeated.
In Game 2, the Warriors got 30-point games from two starters, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, a 20-point game from another, Klay Thompson, and double-digit games from reserves Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark. "Everybody kind of found it out at different times", he said.
The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points.
Despite rumors of his return swirling around Warriors practice on Saturday, Kerr's status remained a mystery until just hours before Game 2. And even though memories of last year's Finals comeback by the Cavs are still fresh on Golden State's mind, this is a different series, and there's a different Curry on the floor, with a rejuvenated Thompson joining him.
"It's always fun when you've got to make a lot of decisions out there", Kerr said.
LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in defeat, the eighth postseason triple-double of his career, equaling Magic Johnson's all-time record. Draymond Green had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists playing all game in foul trouble and Shaun Livingston scored 10 off the bench. "It was 2-0 a year ago, we lost".
"It's human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world 'It's over, it's over, '" Livingston said.