How not to tame Golden State
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 22:08
Picking up from his sensational 38 point, nine rebound and eight assist performance in Game 1, Durant led the Warriors to a 132-113 Game 2 victory on Sunday with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals.
Golden State had won a record 73 regular-season games past year and led 2-0 only for Cleveland to make the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and swipe the title. They had a 3-1 lead over Cleveland in last year's Finals before the Cavs stormed back to win it in seven games.
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. "You guys asked me what was the difference, and I told you", LeBron James said. We forced them into 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, he rued.
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. Not falling asleep. The loose balls, the 50-50 balls, we've got to get to those and when you don't get to them, they make you pay. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn't gotten almost enough help. Cleveland even lost Game 2 of the 2016 finals by 33 points, a bigger margin than Sunday night's defeat.
"So, I'm excited and it's good to be back". "It was 2-0 past year and we lost".
"There's an eight on the stat sheet that I need to correct when we go to Cleveland, because the points that I gave up off turnovers in their building will electrify the crowd and their team".
"We have to figure out a way to get him going early".
The greatest player in the world, authoring one of the greatest postseasons of all-time, is going to have nothing to show for it.
James said after Sunday's loss he is no worse for wear, that it wasn't anything some food and wine couldn't remedy. "When I'm done, I'll probably look back on it and say it was a cool feat". "But we have to be better as far as not relaxing".
"It's a key for us to get them off the line, because they have been killing teams the last few years in the playoffs from three", Thompson said. "For us, just see the weak-side action and be able to make the passes".
Kerr, a five-time National Basketball Association champion as a player, had been absent since game two of his side's first play-off series against Portland Trail Blazers after suffering complications from back surgery in 2015. "That's something that I can control, just being smarter with the ball". Obviously, the Cavs have to "defend home court" for at least one of the next two games or else the series will be over in a hurry, as LeBron so astutely pointed out.
Ian Clark and Thompson made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help the Warriors build the lead to 12 in the third minute of the second period.
Curry and Durant have been hailed as the best duo in the NBA but the Warriors guard said they were just trying to play good basketball. "So we got to just keep going, keep our foot on the gas and keep getting better every day". In fact, teams with great offenses often shoot above 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.