Kevin Durant bashed for taking 'easy route' to NBA Finals

For the second straight year, the Golden State Warriors hold a 2-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals after a 132-113 win last Sunday evening.

While all four of these players present resumes worthy of an MVP honor, it is shocking to see Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant left off the short list.

Indeed, James is putting up 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in the series, but Cleveland has lost the first two games by a combined 41 points.

(AP Photo/Ron Schwane). Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry speaks after Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, early Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Cavaliers' fans swapped T-shirts and shorts for long sleeves and sweat shirts as unusually cool spring weather had Cleveland feeling fall-like on Wednesday night hours before Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Korver's struggles have contributed to the Cavs being down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors, who are keeping a close eye on the 14-year veteran whenever he's on the floor.

No team has ever come from a 3-0 series deficit to win in the National Basketball Association playoffs, and the Cavs will look to avoid a sweep at home on Friday. "I think we have grown and matured just mentally of how to just pace yourself through this long year and take every day as a new experience and something that you can kind of take control of".

"They're definitely a different team than they were a year ago that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

Golden State landed the next blows, but the Cavs kept coming back. We've got one more to go.

There was something to the way Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue approached Game 2 of the NBA Finals that, theoretically, bore a resemblance to entering a lion's den in a meat suit.

"I never been in this position before", said Durant, long accused of not being able to win the big game. We play our game.

No other team in the National Basketball Association protects the three-point line better than Golden State, which is holding opponents to 32% shooting from distance this postseason. Starting center Tristan Thompson went scoreless for the second time in the series. "I've played against some great teams, but I don't think no team has had this type of firepower".

Things looked good for the Cavs when they put up a 33-point third quarter and carried their momentum into the fourth. "And they're going to make some, but if we just try to make it tough on them, it will be in our favor".

Curry also is aware of the Game 3 challenge. "Game 3's (in the Finals) have been rough for us". Michael Jordan (1,176) is next. James became the first player to appear in 20 or more Finals games with two franchises.

"No, only missed shots".

  • Julie Sanders