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LeBron's brilliance not enough in Game 2 loss to Warriors

08 June 2017, 01:44 | Susie Olson

They are the ones who have seemingly wrecked the postseason by plowing through every opponent, including the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Cleveland's J.R. Smith, Deron Williams, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert were a combined 2-for-18, and that comes after a 1-for-14 effort from Smith, Williams, Kyle Korver and Tristan Thompson in Game 1.

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough. They have what two, three losses the whole playoffs? These Cavaliers are probably a more complete team than the one that brought a championship to Cleveland previous year thanks to the additions of Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, while the Warriors - breaking news - added Kevin Durant.

It is also worth noting that such a metric is a five percent jump from last year's Game 2 between the same two teams. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games - six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.

Maybe LeBron James will find the will as he so often seems to in Game 3.

At peak efficiency in Game 1, Golden State returned to its reckless ways in Game 2 (20 turnovers) and still used its frenetic pace to run away from the Cavaliers in the third and fourth quarters. The best pure scorer on the planet and probably the second-best basketball player in the world doesn't make the Warriors complete; he makes it near-impossible for other teams to compete.

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. "We know, trust me, we know".


"We get a chance to go home now to our crowd where we play well". In fact, I'm pretty sure I heard all of them past year.

"He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got", Curry said of Kerr. Reporter: Well yeah, then you guys are looking at getting swept. "And we're going to need to play better to win on the road". As a result, Sunday evening's Game 2 at Oakland's Oracle Arena registered an even 12 rating between 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The Lakers would go on to win the next four games of the Finals to finish 15-1. I just like who he is as a person, and throughout the course of the playoffs I've checked on him, and we text and talk.

"They're a different team".

An eight-point game with nine minutes left in the third quarter turned into a laugher. Irving shot 46.6 percent and averaged 24.5 points through the first three rounds. After a Cavaliers' run, the Warriors had redirected momentum, pushed up 16 and were in need of one more big play to put James and the lingering Cavaliers away. LeBron's excellence forced Golden State's hand.

"For me, it did feel good to see the ball go in", Thompson said.

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.



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