Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) shoots against Golden State Warriors forward David West (3) during the second half in game two of the 2017 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Golden State matched an NBA Finals record with only four turnovers in the contest, leading to 20 more shot attempts than Cleveland and 56 points in the paint for the Warriors. After the game James said that despite losing by 19 points, his team played better that in the first meeting.
Those viewers have been treated to pure dominance through two games. And, in Game 2, he managed to acquire his third triple double, which tied Magic Johnson, 57, for the most in NBA Finals history.
Durant completes the picture of the Warriors as a team to be reckoned with in conversations regarding the all-time best (and certainly the all-time most entertaining). He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year's Finals. Klay Thompson had 22 points for the Warriors. Both teams play better when they are at home. "We play that same game in Cleveland there's no way we win". Even if the Cavs lose, which I fully expect them to, how much fun will it be to see them reboot with another player added for next season?
"We get a chance to go home now to our crowd where we play well".
For fans that can't travel to Cleveland to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors have them covered. But give credit to the Cavs for wanting it more previous year. I think it's safe to say LeBron and KD won't be teaming up to record a hip-hop track like they did back in 2011, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes. "There is a lot of work for us left to do". They can win over some fans in their home states, get playoff games, advance steadily and bide time until the Warriors (and LeBron) hit the downslope. We have to defend our home court, and we are in the same position that we were in past year, and going into Cleveland we're going to need to make it a tough environment for them.
But the Cavs' margin of error is slim, and they need a near-perfect game to beat Golden State.
The Warriors had just four turnovers in Game 1 - a figure James alone doubled - but that increased to 20 on Monday, with Kerr making it clear he will not accept a repeat performance when the series continues at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday. Cleveland surely wants to avoid falling into an 0-3 hole, because no matter how many "Greatness" shirts LeBron wears on the off-days (like Saturday), he'd be tempting fate to try to outdo last June's comeback from 1-3. Golden State remains flawless in this postseason, and with a record-setting 14-0 playoff record this year they're doing something very, very special.
"You guys asked me what was the difference, and I told you", James said.
But even as James racked up 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in Game 2, the Warriors won going away. Sadly, Tristan Thompson, 26, went scoreless in Game 1, and J.R. Smith, 31, hasn't been delivering. The Warriors became the first team to win its first 14 games in a postseason.
But after being so close past year and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be. "No, it's not over". After past year, though, they would face a whole 'nother layer of pressure, fans and media ready to fit them for the 2016 collar.