On the other end, the Warriors are hitting Irving with wave after wave of defenders.
Through two games of the Finals, he’s scored 66 points.
Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship.
With the win, the Warriors set an National Basketball Association record for most consecutive playoff victories at 14. LeBron remains LeBron [but] Kyrie needs to play a lot better.
The Cavs came into the game talking about sticking to their original game plan and playing to their strengths, which for the Warriors just happened to be theirs as well.
James has done all he can through two games, averaging 28.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 11.0 assists per game on 55.3 percent shooting. “Even on an off night, we’ll score enough points”. Or, in many cases, give them just the jolt they need to put a game out of reach for good.
“We know this is far from over”. “I remember back to the Blazers series and the Warriors went down 17 or 19 in that game three”.
The Cavaliers, meanwhile, haven’t gotten almost enough production from anyone other than James, who had a triple-double Sunday, and forward Kevin Love, who had 21 rebounds in Game 1.
For the week of May 29-June 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. The simplest explanation is also the most germane: The Warriors are playing with two league MVPs; the Cavs are playing with one. Durant topped 60 for the series in the third quarter of Game 2. “It will be hard to take down the Warriors but never underestimate the heart of the King James”, Barbarona said, adding that the home court advantage will also be an edge for the Cavs. “So you’ve got to try to focus on the next game and your job and what you can do to help your team be successful”, James said. He bulldozed his way through Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and even knocked Draymond Green into 5 total fouls and just 25 total minutes. “We have to figure out a way to get him going early”.
“As much as the comparison wants to be drawn from last year to this year, this is a totally different team”, Kyrie Irving said.
They were 16 in possessions per game during the regular season at 98.38, but are now 7 in the post-season at 98.71.
That same player, however, has been nowhere to be found in the finals. He had only four rebounds in Game 2, which was better than his scoreless four-rebound performance in Game 1. They’re getting beaten up on the home-run ball by Golden State in this series.
Magic Johnson-James Worthy, Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant – they never started a Finals like this.
For the Warriors, the shift is reflective of a mentality the team might have been lacking when leading in previous series. “When I’m done, I’ll probably look back on it and say it was a cool feat”.
Thompson continued his fine defence on Irving as well.
Nowhere was the quest for history more apparent than during the 2016-2017 season when the Warriors were very public about their desire to set a new National Basketball Association regular season win record of 73 games.
“Well, what we saw in our series with Oklahoma City previous year, that’s what we envisioned from KD”, said Kerr.
While best known for his sensational scoring and shot-making from every corner of the court, Durant has been tough on LeBron James so far in these NBA Finals by smothering the Cavs superstar.