The former Texas Longhorns star Kevin Durant posted an incredible statline in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, helping lead the Golden State Warriors to a decisive 132-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. I did that. I’m feeling well enough to coach, so I’ll be out there tonight. The game is just so much easier for them due to their star power and absurd riches of shooting talent. They’re going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively. LeBron and Kyrie are great players, but they didn’t let anyone else get going. “They got one guy who keeps kicking people in the [groin]”.
The matchup that has all the elements of a flawless series played at the highest levels of the sport is being undone by one significant problem: The Warriors seem the better team by every measure.
Steph Curry pitched in with 28 points and 10 assists and center Zaza Pachulia returned after missing the final two games of the Western Conference Finals, scoring eight points while snagging six boards. Will Durant be able to match his epic Games 1 and 2 in California? “He’s an awesome guy and lucky to have him”.
Taking care of the ball will be equally important after that became a major problem in the opener for Cleveland, which committed 20 turnovers in an uncharacteristically sloppy game. Golden State has a lot of bodies they can throw at LeBron. They want to get physical, contest shots, somehow find a way to get Golden State out of its groove.
“It doesn’t matter”, Kerr said. This team, their offense is constant movement, so you got to be locked in, you can’t take a peek somewhere and lose your man, so they make you pay.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant was once again the best player on the court as he electrified the gold-clad sold-out crowd in Oakland with 33 points and 13 rebounds to go along with five blocks three steals.
Not that they’re discussing it.
The Warriors led by as much as 22 points in the fourth, and Cleveland got no closer than 12.
Here’s what you need to know about Sunday’s game. And that makes a potential breakout even more terrifying for Cleveland.
Perhaps it’s just something about starting slow against the Warriors for Smith. But he didn’t get almost enough help, and more importantly, Cleveland’s defense was incapable of slowing Golden State’s high-powered offense for a second consecutive contest.
His play on Love, as he filled in at centre while Draymond Green was sitting with foul trouble, was proof that he’s an element that the Cavs simply don’t have an answer for. “Playing the pick-and-roll. I just tried to do all the stuff the guards did to try to expand my game, and I went to Steve”. “You just can’t forecast that”. He hadn’t shot well in the Finals, well, ever, having been under 35 percent his past four Finals games dating to a year ago. And his defense is the reason why we’re one of the best defensive teams in the league as well.
“Yeah”, Kerr said. “They’re not easily distracted”. “I had two charges, that’s aggression”. “But it’s something I did take notice after the game”. Defensively you have to make them a little more uncomfortable. Those are like pick sixes.