Cavaliers hope to feed off energy of Cleveland fans during Game 3
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 4:37
(AP Photo/Ben Margot). Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, drives on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017. The Cavaliers aren't slowing down. For Durant, his decision last summer to join the Warriors as a free agent had led to nationwide backlash against him, and a mandate to win a championship this season.
They may have no choice.
What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn't really change.
To this point, chapter three of Cleveland vs. It also matched Paul Pierce for most in a Finals quarter.
Still, Lue, the Cavs' cool-under-pressure coach, believes his team can equal the Warriors' frenetic pace and flip the script as it did in 2016.
"That's why he prepared the staff the way he did in his absence, and he came back and we just wanted to keep the ball rolling. And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we've got to be much better, too". So that's our game. I'm going to make mistakes but not get discouraged because guys make shots over me or I gave up an and-one the first play of the game. "What did we score last game?"
"I'm just seeing a lot of bodies", Irving said. But that's our game. "And we're not going to change just because we're playing Golden State".
Facing a 2-0 series deficit against Golden State for the second year in a row, Cleveland will return home to Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night for a must-win Game 3 showdown. Thus far in the series, Smith is averaging 1.5 points while shooting a combined 1-of-6 from the field. He's just 1 of 6 from the field, and for some odd reason, one of the game's most confident shooters has been hesitant to let his jumper fly.
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) head coach Kristian Lord Coquilla, for his part, also said the Warriors are hungry for the title.
"She had a great idea for me", he said.
That's how the Warriors seem to be playing.
Another Cleveland consistency is playing at a fast pace despite the obvious advantages it provides the Warriors.
Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery. That's their 29th win in their last 30 games and they might not lose another one this season.Their leader and reigning NBA Coach of the Year assuming his usual courtside seat, Curry received a special request from Kerr: "to play with passion and play with joy", Curry shared. Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks and is suddenly on the cusp of his first ring.
"The Warriors are more locked in defensively than the Cavs".
"That's not our game".
"I'm confident that we can play that way, and we did it previous year". "We play at our pace".
"We have to figure out a way to get him going early".
Curry provided Kerr more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after the coach had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime.
Kevin Love stepped up his game in Game 2 totaling 27 points.
Tristan Thompson has been neutralized as the Warriors are devoting multiple players to keep Cleveland's relentless rebounder off the boards.