June 28, 2017

NBA Finals Shift To Cleveland With Warriors Holding 2-0 Lead

08 June 2017, 03:39 | Kristin Schwartz

"Last year, they dominated in the first quarter and first half, and I expect the same thing (Wednesday)". But that blueprint isn't the same they'll take this time around. He had zero points in Game Two after taking just two shots from the field and picked up four fouls in 14 minutes.

Rather than reach back to last year's championship comeback for a confidence boost, James' focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more unsafe this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.

"We haven't won the first two games obviously but it's been fantastic for me", Korver said of his first Finals.

In order for them to make a similar comeback after overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 against the Warriors a year ago, the Cavaliers will need production from players other than "The Big Three" of James, point guard Kyrie Irving and power forward Kevin Love, who have carried the team's efforts through the first two games of the series. The simplest explanation is also the most germane: The Warriors are playing with two league MVPs; the Cavs are playing with one. "So we just got to stay locked in like we have been", USA Today quoted Green as saying.

It's not clear what Kevin Love did to Kevin Durant that compelled the Finals MVP front-runner to do... No matter if it's a series or game. It's not going to change because I'm down 2-0 or up 2-0. Irving scored 24 points on 22 shots with two assists and four turnovers in Game 1.

The Warriors have assembled some of the best three-point shooters the league has ever seen, helping them win their postseason games this year by an average of almost 17 points per contest.

Kyrie will also benefit from some home cookin' this week.

Home teams in the National Basketball Association have such an advantage when it comes to how the referees call the game, whether you want to believe it or not.

The first two games of these NBA Finals have shown just how great these Warriors can be. LeBron's Finals record is 3-4, and may be looking at 3-5 shortly if they don't regroup at home against the Golden State Warriors. When they will take the floor again in Game 3, they will have a chance to put a stranglehold on this series because of the strength of that partnership.

Kevin Durant has outshined LeBron James in terms of impact on the series.

We certainly know the Cavaliers have been in this spot before, but so far the 2017 NBA Finals have been a cakewalk for the Warriors. He's more active on both ends than he has ever been, whether it's beating LeBron James on backdoor cuts or providing great defensive help with his 7-5 wingspan.

Golden State has captured a lead in the first quarter of Games 1 and 2 with great energy.

The King was 32 years old when these NBA Finals started. Aside from Durant, the Warriors superteam largely developed through organic creation and good fortune: Klay Thompson was the 11th overall pick in 2011; Draymond Green was the 35th overall in 2012; and the team added swingman Andre Iguodala in a wild three-team trade in 2013 that cost them a 1st round pick. The San Antonio Spurs won five titles during Tim Duncan's career, but even they never repeated as champions. "I think they went up big right away, and so we got to be ready for that initial force". The Cavaliers have found themselves down double-digits far too often in this year's matchup, mitigating Thompson's effectiveness as Tyronn Lue looks for more scoring punch. Kyrie Irving has not performed like the superstar that the defending champs need him to be. The point guard put up 25 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and seven steals when the Cavs beat the Warriors on Christmas Day this season.

Zaza Pachulia and David West and JaVale McGee and Matt Barnes are, along with Durant, the new veterans. But Tristan has the experience and the edge in this matchup.

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