Warriors Pound Cavaliers Again for 2-0 Finals Lead
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 21:26
"Trust me, we know", said Golden State coach Steve Kerr, who returned to the bench Sunday after missing most of the playoffs with pain issues resulting from a 2015 surgery.
They were the two best offensive players on the court in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, but try as James did, he could not unseat the veritable All-Star team his Cavaliers faced. "I'm more of a present guy so we just got to figure out how we can be better in Game 3".
This time, Curry committed eight turnovers as Cleveland committed to putting more pressure on the ball to keep Durant from driving and dunking untouched as he did so many times in Game 1.
In the middle of the third quarter of Sunday night's Game 2, LeBron James picked up Steph Curry at the three-point line.
That's been quite evident through two games.
With head coach Steve Kerr on the sidelines for the first time since the opening round of the playoffs after overcoming back problems, Curry and Durant gave the boss plenty to smile about as the Warriors improved their flawless record in the postseason to 14-0.
Kevin Durant was once again unstoppable, finishing with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals, recording a double-double. It also matched Paul Pierce for most in a Finals quarter.
And Durant was coming off a Game 1 in which he totaled 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 113-91 Warriors victory.
"Much more physical today than we were in Game One. And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that's why we're up 2-0".
Green considers the pivotal suspension a defining moment in his career, and says it changed him for the better. "There is a lot of work for us left to do". "And when you don't get to them, (the Warriors) make you pay".
Cleveland's J.R. Smith, Deron Williams, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert were a combined 2-for-18, and that comes after a 1-for-14 effort from Smith, Williams, Kyle Korver and Tristan Thompson in Game 1. Golden State curbed turnovers in spurts, but they remained the Warriors' Achilles heel."Be himself", said LeBron James.
Kevin Love scored 27 points and Cavs team-mate recorded 19 of his own.
"We love his presence".
"You go through certain things in life, and you grow".
Durant is now the best player on the team that includes a two-time MVP, Stephen Curry, and two other All-Stars, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. "Especially a championship team like that, they're going to thrive off it", Durant said.
"He's a reason why we're able to be who we are", Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston said.
Curry showed another dimension to his game, and it triggered an avalanche for the Warriors. 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.
As I've said before, it's no knock on Kerr to point out how smoothly the whole operation ran in his 11-game absence, because he's the one who built the structure that made it possible.
The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an National Basketball Association record with 14 straight postseason wins.