Warriors dominate Cavaliers again, take 2-0 series lead
Jun 06 2017 by Dustin Murphy
Other than Kevin Love, who has been stuffing his own stat sheet for two games, and Kyrie Irving, who frankly is not keeping pace with Stephen Curry, none of the other Cavs has stepped up to the big stage.
The Warriors, on an National Basketball Association record 14-game playoff win streak, lead 2-0 in the best-of-seven championship series entering Wednesday's third game at Cleveland.
During lineup announcements Sunday night in Golden State, the Oracle crowd gave Kerr a standing ovation, and the loudest applause of the pregame ceremonies. They are now two wins away from making their case as the greatest team of all time.
Going back to 1996-97, this is the first time that both teams recorded at least 30 fast break points in the same postseason game. Curry had 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for his first ever playoff triple-double. Yet they still lost by 19 points, only a three-point improvement over their 22-point Game 1 defeat. He remains the best player in the world, and if there is any basketball mind capable of solving the Warriors, if that answer even exists, it would be James. Where can he turn when even his irrefutable elevation of his teammates can only keep things close for a half or so?
But it's going to be hard to move Thompson for two reasons: 1) His agent is Rich Paul, who is LeBron's guy; 2) Thompson is making $16.4 million next year, then $17.4 million, then $18.5 million.
He guided the Warriors to a 132-113 win, Golden State's NBA-record 14th consecutive postseason win.
Durant scored from every corner of the court.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' starting shooting guard J.R. Smith has been the teams' most disappointing player so far this Finals.
And it was James who led last year's Cavs' comeback, willing his team to find the strength and toughness to prevail in a seven-game slugfest. He played tough defense and Durant and Curry went off and the Warriors won easily. The best player in the world strung ideal possessions into flawless stretches into flawless quarters. Cleveland's super-subs, Kyle Korver and Deron Williams, haven't been good. It's betting on the worst parlay of all-time.
Durant followed his 38-point game in Game 1 with 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocked shots and three steals. The Cavs' best shot at getting all three in a slump might just be calling on the powers of Cleveland sports legend Jobu.
The Cavs started the second half of Game 2 better when Kevin Love hit a layup 16 seconds into the third quarter to make it a one-point game, 67-66. They are a well-oiled offensive machine led by Durant that doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. That was the path.
Together with Curry's triple double, it was only the second time in playoff history that two rivals had managed triple doubles in the same game, the other coming in 1970 by New York's Walt Frazier and Milwaukee's Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
"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.