Sure, James still notched his record-tying eighth career Finals triple-double and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had big nights. “He’s been an awesome player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his moment, his team”. James went on to lead both teams in all five major statistical categories (points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals) and the Cavs won the Finals in seven games.
Golden State and Cleveland are facing off in the NBA Finals for the third straight year, with the Warriors winning in 2015 but the Cavaliers coming back from a 3-1 series deficit to win the title last year. Hopefully, you’ve been backing the Warriors, as they’ve absolutely walloped the competition in the Western Conference and continued their dominance over the Cavaliers in the first two games of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors trailed by six with three minutes left before Durant, criticized for leaving Oklahoma City last summer to chase a championship, brought them back, scoring 14 in the fourth. It was very frustrating because oftentimes I’d be trying to get to 100 points or something of that sort. Despite every sign from the first two games showing the Cavs to be outgunned in this arms race of jump shooters, I have a hard time doubting the best player I’ve ever seen with my own eyes.
Slow Down The Pace, Get Production From The Bench: This goes without saying, but you can not out-Warrior the Warriors in terms of trying to outscore them.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that Durant has played with objective throughout the series.
The Golden State Warriors have been a runaway freight train in the National Basketball Association playoffs, steamrolling everyone in their path – including the Cleveland Cavaliers.
No player in league history has posted across-the-board numbers that were equal to, much less better than, those in a Finals game.
“When you’ve got somebody doing you like that, it’s just like a burning fire in their eye and you know you don’t stand a chance”, Green said. When you have two of the NBA’s top three players on your team, plus a top three shooter, plus the best defender, the insane breakdowns just don’t even feel worth it. And when you don’t get to them, they make you pay. My game is getting my guys involved.
“I don’t feel like I get picked on or people call sets just to try to score on me”.
They will again have to rewrite the record books if they can recover this position, but with the Warriors seeking revenge for previous year that will be some ask. “We don’t want to take the long 3s and things like that”. “We’ve got one more to go”. The odds aren’t great, but they’re good enough to take.