Just when it seemed the Warriors couldn't get more scary for teams to face, they unveiled a new wrinkle in Game 2: deploying Durant at center after Green got into foul trouble in the third quarter. In addition, the Cavs have only made two more free throws in the first two games. Durant has been the best player in the series, fantastic on defense and provided more offense in two games than Barnes did in seven.
A year after winning 73 games to set the NBA's regular-season record, the Warriors can make more history if they sweep the Cavs to complete the league's first undefeated postseason.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to match a record with his eighth career NBA Finals triple double. "We were much more physical today than we were in Game 1".
The Warriors committed 20 turnovers in Game 2 but simply shook that off with an NBA Finals-record 18 3-pointers in a 132-113 romp. Were not going to change our game because of who were playing. Hes just 1 of 6 from the field, and for some unusual reason, one of the games most confident shooters has been hesitant to let his jumper fly. The same Barnes who had 60 points in the entire seven-game series previous year. They're not being aggressive enough, they're shooting poorly (33 percent) and they're not doing their job on the defensive end.
But upon closer examination, Curry can be seen putting a second hand on the ball after he has taken it back outside and turns to make another run at the rim. "We have won a lot of games playing the way we play, so we're not going to change".
Irving talked about watching video of the first two losses and how some "boneheaded plays. they are like. oh, man. we can do better". "We want to play with pace and we want to attack early". Golden State equaled its four turnovers from Game 1 in the initial 5:12.
The first two games, both won by the Golden State Warriors, averaged 19.2 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. "We're looking forward to it. Every mistake you make defensively, they make you pay, and you saw that", he said. Obviously, you're not going to stop the current MVP of these NBA Finals in Kevin Durant.
"That's not our game", said James. "For him the whole priority was his health and I think he's in a good place right now".
"The game is completely different than it was back then", Green told reporters on Tuesday. 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. Sadly, Tristan Thompson, 26, went scoreless in Game 1, and J.R. Smith, 31, hasn't been delivering. The Warriors are two wins from sweeping all four rounds, including the last one, against the defending champs.
"It's human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world 'It's over, it's over,"' Livingston said. "Because the last two, three quarters they have come out and jumped on us and done it in a very significant way". That's the key for me, and I need to do the same thing in Cleveland.