Golden state defeated Cleveland in the second game of the NBA Finals

06 Juin, 2017, 11:54 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier

Through the first two games of the NBA Finals, the one consistent theme that has already emerged in the series is that Kevin Durant makes an already ridiculous Golden State Warriors team quite literally invincible.

"Those talks definitely could resurface, because it's at this point if the Cavaliers feel like hey, all they could do is get to the Eastern Conference Finals, then why not kick the tires on a Carmelo-Kevin Love swap and just see what could happen".

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr's return to the sideline Sunday after missing 11 games with a health issue inspired his squad to rout defending champion Cleveland 132-113 in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors are now 14-0 in the postseason, but the coach warned against complacency after the Cavs surged back from 3-1 down to win last year's Finals between the two teams.

Durant carried over his offensive rhythm from Game 1, scoring 33, slamming a few emphatic dunks, hitting four 3s and handing out six assists. "Do things - I don't want to say differently because you work so hard to get to this point - but make a couple of changes to see if we can be a lot better defensively and offensively".

"That's the look that I see in him throughout this Finals", Green said.

"We love his presence".

"His defense was unbelievable, and we needed it especially with Draymond out", Kerr said of Durant.

"We made runs - we cut it to four at one point and then they went on quick 9-0 run or 12-0 run".

Victory for Golden State was the team's 14th consecutive win in the playoffs, equaling the longest post-season win streak in the league's history.

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While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn't gotten almost enough help. Guard Stephen Curry had a triple-double of his own but also committed eight of the Warriors' 20 turnovers.

Asked if Rihanna's music was banned from the pre-game locker room musical offerings played by the Warriors, Curry said, "I don't think it was on there to begin with". "Much more physical today than we were in Game 1".

The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor. 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.

The game marked the return of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was sidelined earlier in the playoffs by persistent back pain following several surgeries. Assistant coach Mike Brown had been filling in and performed admirably in Kerr's absence.

"I'm going to pull out the "Win one for the Gipper" speech", Kerr joked.

"When you've got somebody doing you like that, it's just like a burning fire in their eye and you know you don't stand a chance", Green said.

The Cavaliers had been 12-1 in the playoffs this year until facing the Warriors. "And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in - that's why we're up 2-0".

"We just play smart, aggressive and with joy".

As much as we may delve into the stats and analyze the lineups, the fact remains that the Cavs have to produce near-perfect basketball to beat a Golden State side in this kind of form.

It's enough to take Draymond Green back to the game on January 17, 2014, when Durant, then a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, torched the Warriors for 54 points.

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