Round trip: Mike Brown returns to Cleveland with Warriors

The Cavs' slogan for this defending championship playoff run is "Defend the Land".

But the most important new member, the team's new superstar, Durant, can identify with what the Warriors went through.

"LeBron is a great player, but KD is great", Green said, via ESPN.com.

When Cleveland Cavaliers booked their date against Warriors for the National Basketball Association final, one thought that LeBron James-led side would be able to beat them. Both percentages have fallen off steeply from the Cavs' playoff numbers on these shots before this series (42 percent and 49 percent, respectively, on a similar number of attempts per game) and from their less spectacular but still very good regular-season figures (37 percent and 42 percent). I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible.

"We play at our pace".

Right now, everything is on the table, whether that's changes to the starting lineup or even changes to the rotations. Not who can step up for the Cavaliers, because one player stepping up will not change how dominant the Warriors have been.

Everyone holding out hope for a memorable NBA Finals after an unmemorable first two games is repeating the same refrain: These two teams have been here before. One year after bad wheels undermined the mind-blowing agility that sets him apart, those physical gifts are on full display.

"I'm more of a present guy, so we've just got to figure out how we can be better in Game 3".

"That's what they do", James said. "They won their first two games like they're supposed to".

With Game 3 slated for Wednesday night at 9 at Quicken Loans Arena - neither team had any media availability Monday - the Cavs may have to alter their course if they are to have any hope of repeating as National Basketball Association champions. "They're just kind of boneheaded plays that you are just like, 'Oh, man, we can be better.' Whether they're speeding us up or whether they're getting in our chest or challenging us, we need to hit back".

James has only been able to score 12 points and has turned the ball over six times with Durant on him. And we take pride in it, we care about it.

It should not take away from the fact that Curry put James in a spin cycle.

And maybe it's asking too much to expect Irving to make up for that difference all on his own.

"There's an understanding between our guys that we haven't been that good in Game 3", Draymond Green said.

Then again, Smith was scuffling through the first two games of last season's finals and came back with 20 points in Game 3.

Behind the play of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, the Warriors have been impressive, beating Cleveland 113-91 in the first game, and 132-113 in Game 2. Most hoop observers feel the pace favors the Warriors, being labeled by some as the best offensive team of all time. "If I do that, it'll all even out".

If the 2017 NBA Finals is going to be anything of a decent series, the Cleveland Cavaliers need to get on the board.

"It's a key for us to get them off the line, because they have been killing teams the last few years in the playoffs from three", Thompson said. "It's something that I feel like is - that it's OK for me to kind of always go back and know that I can refocus".

  • Leroy Wright