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

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Cleveland for two games, with Game 3 Wednesday.

So are the Cavaliers, but it's more hard for them because they must come up with answers that so far have eluded them.

People are still watching this series because it's exciting.

James had 10 first-half assists, the most in any playoff half of his career, while Curry had 15 points as Golden State took a 40-34 lead in the highest-scoring NBA Finals first quarter in 50 years and the second-highest ever. We don't discount the greatness of the early Celtics teams in a talented starved era. Can they go 16-0? 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. We saw what happened a year ago. Most teams would be better off focusing on the regular season for a bit.

The Warriors, however, know from past year that no matter how momentum swings, it's not over until it's over. Draymond Green scored 28 points.

I watched those Michael Jordan championships, and at the time it felt like a struggle of will. Defense was played far differently in the 90s, and the game was not spread out to the 3-point line almost as much, which created plenty of opportunities for stubborn objects to be overcome by irresistable force. It was a bad scene. "We're anxious about the series right now".

"I heard the track years ago during post-production for Thunderstruck", said agent Eric Goodwin, who executive produced the film and once represented both Durant and James. LeBron was lethargic and disinterested. "But for the most part, you can't focus like you're on the playground". They clobbered the Cavaliers in Game 2 yesterday at Oracle - the final score was 132 to 113. It was Irving, whose defense was under particular suspicion, that was mucking up the Cavaliers; my favorite was the suggestion that the Cavs should have held onto Andrew Wiggins and traded him.

Now what can the Cavaliers do to avoid being steamrolled by the Warriors?

Additionally, ESPN delivered another record NBA Finals streaming audience across metrics on Sunday. There isn't a word that any fair-minded person, or even Cavaliers fan, would have disagreed with at the time. The Cavs came back from deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 to beat the Warriors past year, but that was before Golden State added Durant.

The domination was so thorough that it even got itself memed. That's the luxury that you have with K, where he get a block, he get the rebound, he don't have to give the ball to nobody, he can go get a bucket.

The drama began even before Sunday's game, when Kerr - who had not coached the Warriors' previous 11 games after the lingering symptoms from a botched back surgery nearly two years ago worsened two games into Golden State's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers - strode into the interview room and declared he was coming back to the sideline in Game 2. Los Angeles swept Portland in a five-game first round series, then won four straight against Sacramento and San Antonio to enter the Finals against Philadelphia undefeated.

"Honestly, I was rushing to begin with because I felt like there was an angle here, an angle there, and there wasn't because a huge crowd around on that right side of the floor", Curry explained.

All was right again for the Warriors with their leader back in his usual spot on the bench.

Reporter: Well, yeah, I know, that's what I'm saying. The first team to do so can very much decide the fate of these NBA Finals. The Warriors are up 2-0. They use the "Phantom Cam" to create cool clips that are sharable on social media - and did just that with Curry's drive on James. But I dunno. This looks awfully familiar to me.

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