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NBA Finals Ratings After 2 Games Highest Since Michael Jordan's Final Title

06 June 2017, 08:27 | Jackie Morgan

USA TODAY Sports

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Golden State has seen Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant shine in the first two games of the series.

It's hard to not overreact when a team has been so thoroughly dominated in every facet of the game as Cleveland has, but even with Kyrie and Love healthy (to start the series at least), this Cavs team looks no better prepared for Golden State than the skeleton crew that was dominated in last year's Finals. If they can win two more games, they are to me - and I will shout it from the highest mountaintops, even in Laker land if I have to - this would be the greatest team in history.

In the third quarter, Curry, who has endured a year of reminders about the play when he tried and failed in isolation against Kevin Love, found himself isolated on LeBron James with revenge in sight. "And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we've got to be much better, too".

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said a full 48 minutes of defensive focus will be needed to contain the Warriors. "And you are talking two of the greatest players that we got in this world locked in the way they are, that's why we're up 2-0". "You can talk like 15-0 or whatever he did, but the team was just falling apart at the seams, and so I just had to get back to make sure we righted the ship", Kerr said before turning serious. "That's what they do, that's what Golden State does. The answer was no, we did not repeat", he said.

Surely that trend would change for Game 2, especially after the Warriors routed the Cavaliers 113-91.

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points in Game 2; but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough.

There's little doubt Curry has seen or heard about that play roughly a million times since then. The guy has to be absolutely zapped having to attack like that on one end and guard Durant on the other.

The Cavaliers played better Sunday than in Game 1, and it was still a 132-113 loss.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an National Basketball Association record with 14 straight postseason wins.

"When you have great teammates like I do ... who allow me to use my emotions to the better for us, it's easy", he said.

The other guy the Cavs really need to get contributing is Brampton native Tristan Thompson.

It turns out Curry didn't just get James with a head-and-shoulder fake that made the Cavs star briefly expect an outside shot was coming. We just have to sustain effort over the entire game. In five of those six wins, LeBron scored over 30 points, with the only exception being Game 7 a year ago, when he scored 27. "Now we got to go home and regroup".

He then received a huge ovation from the crowd before the game and got the performance he hoped from his team during it.

"What's our record now without me, like 800-12?" quipped Kerr, who missed the first 43 games during last season's record 73-win campaign. "We understand that. Down 0-2, going back home, you have to live with those odds".

Kerr said he decided Sunday morning that he was able to return to coaching after being sidelined by constant pain because of complications following a pair of back surgeries almost two years ago. "They make you pay".



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