'King' of the road LeBron needs win at Golden State

Kristopher Nichols
June 5, 2017

History repeats itself. Once again, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing off in the NBA Finals, and once again, the Warriors have taken a 1-0 lead at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.

While James has delivered - he had a triple-double Sunday night in Game 2 - it hasn't been almost enough against the superstar-laden Golden State Warriors.

James said he blocks out all the crowd noise, even supportive shouts, to focus on the game, especially on the road as his Cavaliers are for the first two games in the best-of-seven championship series. The only thing missing was LeBron James and Steph Curry running around the court with a bucket of confetti as "Sweet Georgia Brown" blared over the PA system.

No team has ever won 14 straight National Basketball Association playoff games, let alone in the same postseason.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue says it's good to have Golden State coach Steve Kerr back on the sideline for the NBA Finals.

Here are a pair of predictions for Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals, which will begin Sunday at 5 p.m. on ABC15.

"After Game 1, Cleveland can play better".

Expect a closer game Sunday, as the Warriors probably won't enjoy the same plus-16 turnover margin they had in Game 1. However, the small Golden State lineup has opened up opportunities for him on the glass and that could lead to some scoring chances as well if Cleveland decides to focus on getting him the ball more tonight.

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"They are a high-powered offensive team", James said. The Warriors outscored the Cavs in all four quarters.

"We can't give up 23 points off our turnovers". That's how he finished with 32 points on 7-of-17 shooting and added 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Without Thompson hoarding extra possessions and the Warriors' defense holding Cleveland to just 34.9 percent shooting with 20 turnovers, the Cavs failed to crack the 100-point mark for the first time all postseason. We made runs - we cut it to four at one point and then they went on quick 9-0 run or 12-0 run. You go home, you tend to get more comfortable.

The conversations in local sports books aren't unlike the ones taking place in the national media, with everyone wondering how the Cavaliers can slow Kevin Durant. They didn't affect him much no matter how hard he was fouled.

There are some impressive streaks that merit some mention going into Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

"I'll never forget that night", said Green.

Are people still sleeping on the Warriors as being this great defensive team because they're up there analytically with the best of them. I know they're watching film, and something for them it's to keep me off the glass.

Kerr had been around the team through much of the playoffs and in recent days had helped run practices as well as having been part of film and strategy sessions.

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