Cavaliers know there's a different feel to this year's 2-0 deficit

08 Juin, 2017, 18:38 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

Klay Thompson parlayed his huge Game 2 into a bigger Game 3, nailing six of the Warriors' 16 3s and hitting 30 points for the first time in this postseason.

It's no wonder James, who has been his typically dominant self, averaging 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, stopped attacking in the second half.

Through two games, the 2014 NBA MVP is averaging a NBA Finals double-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists during the first two games, en route to early NBA Finals MVP consideration.

Back home after being outrun and outgunned by the Warriors, who won Games 1 and 2 at Oracle Arena by a combined 41 points, the Cavs find themselves in the same predicament they were in previous year.

Pundits and sports radio shows are pondering a question that has a historically significant cloud hanging over it: If the Golden State Warriors sweep Cleveland to finish the playoffs 16-0, are they the best National Basketball Association team ever? "It will be a massive upset, I think, if they're not there each and every year".

The Cavs, though, couldn't get far enough ahead to get comfortable and the Warriors kept chipping away before Durant's defining 3 - the shot that makes dreams come true.

"We've got to play with pace, but we can't get in a hurry".

The futility of Cleveland's attempts to build around James led him to Miami, where he teamed up with fellow superstars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and took the Heat to the Finals four straight times, winning two championships along the way. As I say, never waver in terms of whatever the outlook looks like.

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The Warriors, who won 113-91 and 132-113 at home over the Cavaliers, swept Portland, Utah and San Antonio to reach the finals. Maybe he gets some in Game 3. "So we just got to stay locked in like we have been", USA Today quoted Green as saying.


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And beyond their long list of individual and team achievements, it's worth pointing out just how much influence the two had on the game during their careers.

"If we're locked in on the defensive end, we'll score enough points", Green said. "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".

"I didn't. Mark Jackson did, honestly", Kerr said.

"That's past year and I don't even know the feeling anymore", LeBron James said.

In the first two games, Irving shot 40 percent.

"I thought our team scrapped and competed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. Golden State was down by six with three minutes left. The Warriors can lock up their second National Basketball Association title in three years on Friday in Game 4 at the Q. James showed in the 2015 Finals, when both Love and Irving were injured, that he is as capable as anyone of keeping his team in the game on his own.

The Cavs lost Games 1 and 2 by a combined 41 points. It broke Cleveland's ideal 4-0 all-time record in the postseason when both James and Irving score 30-plus points. The best way to beat Golden State is to crowd them, make things tight, get in their face and be physical. From the start, this felt like a game they not only could win but knew they needed to win. "But when you're the one making the run, you could definitely feel the other team looking for answers and being deflated as the game goes on".

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