Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

Steve Phelps | 06 June, 2017, 06:22

While James has delivered - he had a triple-double Sunday night in Game 2 - it hasn't been almost enough against the superstar-laden Golden State Warriors. He said before the game: "The intention is to coach tonight and the rest of the series".

Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) dunks against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Green has made only positive contributions through two games this round, averaging 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two wins. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year's Finals.

Sunday night the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 but the highlight of Game 2 came in the 3rd quarter as Steph went mano a mano with LeBron in the paint.

They picked up the pace, as coach Tyronn Lue wanted his Cavs to do.

Warriors: The Warriors had their first 40-point quarter in the Finals since scoring 41 in the first quarter of Game 6 in 1967 against the 76ers. "When we're going off and coming off into isolation, they're bringing a few extra bodies to crowd the lane". "We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also". Kevin Love added 27 points, and Kyrie Irving was struggling once again with 19 points but with very bad percentage from the field making only 8 shots of 23. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games. We had a lot of guys who played exceptionally well individually, and we played with great energy.

What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn't really change. But James (eight), Love (six) and Irving (six) combined for 20 of Cleveland's final 26 points of the half, narrowing the gap to three by the intermission.

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.

The third quarter tends to be the time the Warriors take over and that was the case again. "You can say they're supposed to".

Kerr is back coaching the Golden State Warriors after more than six weeks, feeling well enough that he plans to coach the remainder of the NBA Finals.

What's the difference between the two teams from a year ago?

LeBron James was brilliant, recording a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds.

And by the way, J.R. Smith has got to start making some plays.

"Golden State had won a record 73 regular-season games previous year and led 2-0 only for Cleveland to make the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and swipe the title".

But after being so close previous year and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be.


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