NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

Things can turn around instantly. The Cavaliers suffered blowout losses in Games 1 and 2, similar to the combined 40-plus point defeats they were dealt in Oakland a year ago. "We just got to learn from it and not try and make the same mistakes twice".

"You know it's definitely possible, but also the realization that you're in a new moment, new journey, with some new guys in a new collective group, so you understand that it has to be different things done to be successful", Irving said.

The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after missing 11 games through back issues, have now won a record 14 straight play-off games.

The Cavaliers, meanwhile, haven't gotten almost enough production from anyone other than James, who had a triple-double Sunday, and forward Kevin Love, who had 21 rebounds in Game 1. The Warriors are proving to be a much better up-tempo team than the Cavs. He's been dominant throughout the playoffs, peaking during the Finals (though only through two games, thus far). "Two different eras, playing against different teams", Green said, referring to the 1995-96 Bulls, the team he feels is the Warriors' top competition.

Durant declined to comment on the winning streak, saying he was not going to take a step back until the team claims the Larry O'Brien trophy for its second time in three years.

This is the "Two MVPs are greater than one" math. Durant (2014 MVP) and Curry (2015 and 2016 MVP) are making the game easier for each other. "We play that same game in Cleveland there's no way we win". James watched Irving take over as he sat on the bench with four fouls in that Game 4, and he knows the 25-year-old has the skills to give the Cavs a chance against a seemingly unbeatable team.

The Warriors can't blow it again ... can they? I don't remember what the final score was, but it wasn't close. "I thought that Kev's defense was unreal, and it was probably the key to the whole game".

According to, the average price of a ticket to Game 3 in Cleveland is $911, which is virtually identical to the average cost of a ticket to that contest before the series began.

"Right now, it means nothing, but it will mean something", said James.

They do now and are playing much better basketball than this time a year ago.

"We played against good teams, and we came to the Finals undefeated, and here we are up 2-0, so we're playing unbelievable basketball right now".

"We had a great effort and had them where we wanted them", said Kerr.

"I don't want to get into the "what we need to do better" right now". "Those guys really get going from three, and I think that's what fuels them".

Even as he struggles to put up points, Irving has made five of his 10 three-point attempts, continuing the 50 percent clip at which he shot from behind the arc against the Celtics. But that Warriors team had Harrison Barnes instead of Durant. The Cavaliers, after winning their first National Basketball Association title, made just minor alterations to their roster. He's just 1 of 6 from the field, and for some odd reason, one of the game's most confident shooters has been hesitant to let his jumper fly. The Warriors are two wins from sweeping all four rounds, including the last one, against the defending champs. "We're playing great basketball", Curry said. We want 15-0. We literally never once mentioned 16-0.

Being two games away from a historic 16-0 postseason record doesn't provide any feeling of relief of accomplishment for the Warriors. "To me, it's a miracle that it's even a possibility, it's so hard to do".

“Much more physical today than we were in Game 1. "That's the important lesson, not any historical benchmarks or anything like that".



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