TV Ratings For 2017 Finals Highest Since Jordan's Last Title In 1998
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 07, 2017,
Jun 07, 2017, 4:43
When asked if he had a plan to stop LeBron James going on the road for Thursday's Game 3 at Quicken Loans Arena, the Golden State Warriors head coach couldn't help but sprinkle some of his humor when answering the reporter.
Durant's exceptional Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night was likely more bad news for the Celtics and any other team with a pipe dream of landing Durant in free agency this summer.
There are also plenty of storylines in play between history (this is the first time in league history two teams have played in three straight Finals), the narrative of Durant forming a superteam and the 3-1 redemption tour for Golden State. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) and Walt Frazier did it in 1970.
The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after he missed 11 games with health issues following 2015 back surgery, grabbed a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which shifts to Cleveland for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday.
Green is an emotional player and in several key moments previous year he let those emotions get the better of him.
During one sequence, Curry received a long pass from Durant. "I could play much better", he said.
Durant and Curry in particular are just playing at a level the Cavs can't reach.
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.
"I'm trying not to get wrapped up in that because this is a Finals game, and it's just about going out and trying to win", Kerr said. Although the Cavaliers played much more physical defense than in Game 1 with some first-half success, they couldn't sustain it against so much firepower. I know the offense gets most of the attention but our players, they work at it, collectively, individually.
The Cavaliers went scoreless for more than 3:30 late in the third despite Draymond Green going to the Warrior bench with a fifth personal foul.
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. "We love his voice", Curry said. A year ago they slinked out of Oakland in similar circumstances, down 2-0 and coming off a blowout loss. He was leading all scorers at the half with 18 points. Game one of any series to me is not always the greatest barometer of how the series would go.
Durant's averages over the last four duels: 32.0 points (54.0 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from deep), 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.3 blocks.