Durant and Curry dominate for Game 2
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 21:16
But, ahem, they've done that part before.
Golden State could become the first National Basketball Association team to make an unbeaten playoff run to the crown, having swept Portland, Utah and San Antonio and overpowered the Cavaliers twice at home to open the finals. So the Cavs vow to make a series of it.
Duh. But Durant's significance in this series might not be for the reason you think.
Game 3 of the Finals is set on Thursday (Manila time) at the Quicken Loans Arena in Ohio.
The skipper assured that despite coming out with a convincing win on Sunday night, the team would be hard-pressed to come out the winning end of things if they play with the same carelessness with which they did Sunday. The Warriors went on to win the game by another double-digit margin, 132-113.
He also is helping to wear down LeBron James on defense.
"[This] was a game based on talent, we had a lot of guys who played exceptionally well individually and we played with great energy".
"They're the best I've ever seen", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.
A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
"They took care of home court", Irving said. Through two games, Thompson has been rendered unplayable: 8 points and 8 rebounds total.
This year, it's 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.
During lineup announcements Sunday night in Golden State, the Oracle crowd gave Kerr a standing ovation, and the loudest applause of the pregame ceremonies.
So even though ABC is now on track to put up the biggest NBA Finals deliveries since MJ's last hurrah, everything depends on Cleveland putting together another rally for the ages - one that would be even more impressive. Klay Thompson had 22 points for the Warriors.
But so far, it's not. "You guys asked me what was the difference, and I told you", LeBron James said. They were in a similar situation a year ago to the Steph Curry-led Warriors. They beat the Cavs by 33 points in Game 2 of that series. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again.
Green, though still fiery, is no longer volatile.
"I don't know. I don't want to get into the "what we need to do better" right now", James said following a second humbling loss to the Warriors. "I'm not worrying about the officials and all that". Guarding the Warriors' offensive firepower is a problem for any team. "We're hoping it's going to be a different story at home".
"I don't know what you do with him", Kerr added, in seriousness. The final two buckets - Jonas Jerebko's jumper and Avery Bradley's game-winner - were both a result of the Cavs losing Bradley on a screen, because one player switched and his teammate didn't. It was that level of leeway that was the basis of Golden State's pitch to Durant when the team met with him in free agency last July in the Hamptons.
The Cavs followed a zero-steal outing in Game 1 with a whopping 15 steals in Game 2, garnering 11 more shot attempts throughout the game while committing only nine of their own. "When I'm done, I'll probably look back on it and say it was a cool feat". And they make no apologies for it.