Warriors Put Game In Overdrive And Blowout Cavs
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 06, 2017,
Jun 06, 2017, 9:54
Durant missed two games with a knee injury in the first-round series against Portland, and we hardly noticed. Create a deficit and cut it to four.
But the only ones who don't want to think about history or future, focusing in on the now - and on trying to win one in Cleveland - are the Warriors. Outside of their big three, Cleveland has gotten next to nothing from its playoff roster.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, gestures next to interim head coach Mike Brown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. And we're a full group when he's out here.
"We had a turnover - it came from me - and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again", James said. And they simply are making Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving work, really work, for everything he gets.
The Warriors have played 12 of their 14 playoff games with a pace of 100 possessions per 48 minutes or more.
Much of that has to do with Durant, who now has 71 points on 27-for-48 (56.3 percent) shooting in the finals.
"I'm not a past guy too much", James said. "They're doing that and it's opening up Kev [Love] for the offensive rebound".
Since there isn't enough wine in Napa Valley to make J.R. Smith's contributions look good enough to answer the need, let alone for the Cavs to win this series, they must consider changes. They lost just one time before the NBA Finals began.
Midseason acquisitions Kyle Korver and Deron Williams have failed to make their anticipated impact, with Williams being held scoreless through two games while Korver followed up a zero-point opener with eight points but has been a liability defensively.
Kerr has been sidelined by persistent back pain since April.
Kevin Durant finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists.
The problem the Cavs face was underlined by the fact that James had a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, they outscored the Warriors by 20 points in the paint and they forced 20 turnovers that led to 23 points - and still got blown out.
"I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had, we tried to execute it as close as possible", James said. Totals 46-89 22-24 132. "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". Even that wouldn't exactly be the best question ever, but the reporter could have avoided getting roasted like he did. "And they constantly break records every year".
The Cavaliers will regroup when they return to Cleveland on Monday night.
But everyone remembers how that ended a year ago.
Durant and Curry had 15 points apiece for the Warriors in the half.
Cleveland bounced right back - with LeBron James fadeaway three-pointer keying a 7-0 run to the Cavs back to within four - 86-82 - with 5:42 to play in the quarter.
The Cavaliers didn't get to within single-digits the rest of the way. So, too, when it happens in an NBA Finals game.