Cavs not looking to slow down pace of Finals with Warriors
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 17:56
Led by two-times reigning MVP Stephen Curry and four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant, the Warriors have an embarrassment of riches and find ways to score regardless of the pace of any particular game. Maybe he can toughen up by getting a dollar shave or eating some ribs.
But there are moments away from the spotlight at the National Basketball Association final, when cameras aren't capturing every minute, when every word isn't being recorded or chronicled, when he stands out even more. "He lost and then he joined", Doc Rivers said accusingly.
The main reason for this is Kevin Durant. Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. Jordan was a fabulous player, an unbelievable player, in 1988 and 1989 and 1990. He is still a great player and one of the greatest of all-time, but even he can't defeat this Warriors juggernaut.
The unbeaten Warriors had been 11-0 under acting coach Mike Brown - "My guy did OK while I was gone", Kerr said with a grin. "This clearly takes him out of the conversation". And of course there are injuries-Durant has missed considerable time over numerous seasons, and Curry has his own well-documented history with his ankle, but anything can happen. Barkley charged Durant with seeking to "gravy train". But I feel the last four or five years I've definitely continued to get better and better, and smarter.
What a bunch of donkey-headed braying.
Sure, the Warriors seem like they're set up for an unprecedented run in the modern National Basketball Association, akin to what the old Boston Celtics did back when Bill Russell was throwing outlet passes to Bob Cousy, Sam Jones was burying jumpers off the glass, and the National Basketball Association consisted of nine teams. Exactly what did Durant's critics expect him to do, nobly concede his entire career to that crew? His manipulation of the tempo, the way he attacked the Cavaliers defense, the highlights he produced - they did something for the Warriors and to the Cavaliers.
No player has had a bigger impact on this series than Durant. But just as important, he will have restored honor to the art of collaboration.
In short (actually, in tall), Warriors centers Pachulia and David West are winning the wrestling match in the paint and keeping from Thompson from hurting Golden State on the boards.
I've never agreed with the premise great players in sports need to win championships to cement their legacy. He could have been a potential ring-maker in Boston, San Antonio or Miami. "Down 0-2, going back home, you have to live with those odds". Newsflash, America: I can make a lay-up, too.
In Game 1, the Warriors went on a 13-0 run to start the second half and a 13-1 spurt late in the third period while outscoring the Cavs 33-20 in the quarter. They have such a well-practiced sense for each other's braiding movement, and such charitable openhanded passing that it seems nearly intuitive. James is dominant, but the gap between the three isn't so vast it allows him to defeat them. They're different now, and potentially much better than a year ago. As it turns out, Durant's powerful hydraulic grace was the ideal complement to them, a finishing piece. My game is getting into the paint, shooting outside shots when they're available.
Game 2: Warriors 110, Cavaliers 77. Who plays that way? And this includes a rather awful second quarter when he put up a goose egg, had three of his eight turnovers and the Warriors were outscored by three with him on the court.
"He's one of the greatest to play this game".
Then you guys lose, the reporter replied. One of the people who recognizes that is Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich.
"Whatever he's doing, he should keep doing it", Myers said on the off day between games. "That's not everything that describes them". But that Warriors team had Harrison Barnes instead of Durant. So they don't just play with talent ... If they help, kicking it out for threes, we want to play with a pace, but to play with pace, you've got to get stops.
That's far too many considering they took 43 total.
Enough with the disrespect.