June 23, 2017

Warriors rout Cavs, take 2-0 lead in finals

05 June 2017, 06:57 | Jackie Morgan

Warriors 2017 NBA Finals on ABC7Golden State was up by double digits again, 83-73 after the first 3 minutes of the third quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. But if there's a Cavalier not named "LeBron James" who regularly bounces back from a rough night, it's Cleveland's iron man.

Kerr, the NBA's reigning coach of the year, has guided the Warriors to the Finals three consecutive seasons. If LeBron is to defeat this Warriors squad he will need to become the LeBron from the 2015 National Basketball Association finals.

Just go play. And it worked splendidly for the two-time reigning MVP and Kevin Durant in their first Finals together. Get the app and get the game. "You have to bring a physicality to the game and we weren't as physical as we needed to be".

The biggest difference between the way The Finals began last year and the way they began this year is that last year the Warriors were the defending champions, and played like it, right out of the chute.

Game 2 in the series is tonight back at Oracle Arena with its deafening sellout crowd.

The Warriors have come under a certain level of criticism this year based on their signing of free-agent star Kevin Durant this past offseason.

Fortunately for the Warriors, he's back after one Finals game.

That was surely the reaction to game 1 of the NBA Finals by those jaded from following what can only be described as one of the least interesting playoffs in history over the last month and a half. First, the Warriors certainly were only able to entice Durant due to their team culture, unselfish play and creating an environment worthy of free agent consideration in spite of a smaller paycheck.

Live streaming for Warriors-Cavaliers Game 2 is available via WatchESPN.

"They're the best I've ever seen", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "But we just got to play our game and the way we know how to play, and that's what's been successful for us". Despite the bad loss in Game 1, the Cavs could still be in a fantastic position with a Game 2 win and completely flip the narrative of this series.

(If needed) Thursday, June 15: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

Assistant coach Mike Brown has been coaching the team in his absence.

He had six slams in the first half alone for the Warriors, who at 13-0 are already the first team to go this far in a postseason unblemished.

"They played it pretty much the same way they played it past year", Cavaliers assistant coach Larry Drew said.

Lue says he had texted with Kerr during the playoffs to send his best wishes while Kerr missed the previous 11 games following complications from back surgeries.

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