Cavs seek answers as Warriors eye perfect title run
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 19:59
Two games into the NBA Finals, the biggest names on the marquee are living up to the billing, though Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is making an impressive case for being equal to, and maybe above, Cavaliers superstar LeBron James.
The Associated Press cited Nielsen company numbers Monday and noted the first two games of the third straight showdown between the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers averaged 19.6 million viewers, which is a 5 percent increase from past year.
Curry provided the coach more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after Kerr had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime.
"We forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we got to be much better too", James said.
When the Golden State Warriors got together at the start of this season, they had plenty to prove as a group after last season's collapse against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. "Every mistake you make defensively, they make you pay, and you saw that", he said. In the Finals heading into Wednesday's Game 3, the Warriors have outscored Cleveland by a combined 41 points. "The answer was no, we did not repeat", he said. Although the Cavs didn't lead off on their best foot in the NBA Finals, LeBron James, 32, has got his head on straight.
The play, though, that Durant's Warriors teammates wanted to talk about the most came late in the game when he blocked Kevin Love and then recovered the ball before racing down court to score at the other end. "We were much more physical today than we were in Game 1".
An overlooked aspect of Curry's game is his movement away from the ball. And oh, man, Kyrie Irving - he had a wretched first two games of the Finals previous year. Curry danced around James before eventually laying one in. Durant is shooting 60% from the floor and 52% from three in his last four games; Curry is hitting on 46% from the floor and 45% from three in the series so far after shooting at just a 40% clip previous year; and even Thompson snapped out of his prolonged slump in Game 2 to hit on 4-of-7 threes. "But it's definitely great to see him over there and have him talking in the timeouts and out there leading us".
As the Warriors threaten to become the first champion to go unbeaten through the playoffs, as they already have run their postseason winning streak to a record 14, there is little choice now but to recognize Durant as the ingredient that has transformed this team from excellent to historically relevant. The Cavs were in this boat a year ago, righted the ship and won the championship in seven games.
"I don't think there's many teams in the league who their backup is better than their starter", Green said. "It was 2-0 previous year, we lost".
Back during the 2011 National Basketball Association lockout, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were working out together in Akron when, in their spare time, the National Basketball Association stars allegedly recorded a hip-hop track together.
Despite rumors of his return swirling around Warriors practice on Saturday, Kerr's status remained a mystery until just hours before Game 2.
The Warriors were lethal in the first two games and handled the Cavs with relative ease. "When we're going off and coming off into isolation, they're bringing a few extra bodies to crowd the lane". "We understand that. Down 0-2, going back home, you have to live with those odds". Role players Deron Wiliams, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith could play better at home.
The other Cleveland guys have not been getting it done.