Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

Kristopher Nichols
June 8, 2017

Wednesday sees the next action in the best-of-seven contest.

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James had 10 first-half assists, the most in any playoff half of his career, while Curry had 15 points as Golden State took a 40-34 lead in the highest-scoring NBA Finals first quarter in 50 years and the second-highest ever.

Steve Kerr at ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California, June 4.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.

Curry and Kevin Durant tag-teamed the Warriors within two victories of another championship.

James, who said the addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors' line-up this season made them a "different team", declined to reveal why he did not attend a formal news conference after the game. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games — six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.

Curry wore his emotions for everybody to see, willing the unblemished Warriors even when Cleveland went on a third-quarter run after that play.

A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Thompson's lack of production has been particularly glaring considering how big a role he played the past two seasons, averaging a double-double in the Finals each of those years.

Klay Thompson emerged from a postseason-long shooting funk to score 22 points with four 3-pointers while playing more stellar defense and pulling down seven rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 18 for 43 from deep.

As Kerr walked onto the court, he was met with a standing ovation from the fans and hugs from Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue and James.

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We played very well in the first half, we thought we had enough to win the game", the 39-year-old said. The Portugal global also recorded his 600th goal from a brace in the trouncing of the Italian team.

Despite rumours of his return swirling around Warriors' practice session last Saturday, Kerr's status remained a mystery until just hours before Game Two yesterday morning. "When we're going off and coming off into isolation, they're bringing a few extra bodies to crowd the lane". "There is a lot of work for us left to do. And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we've got to be much better, too". "We can do better job of getting him going early".

What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn't really change.

Golden State improved to 14-0 this postseason to keep alive a chance of becoming the first group to go unbeaten all the way to a title.

"We made runs, cut it to four (points). couple of turnovers, couple of miscues defensively and they made us pay for it".

The 32-year-old, who is making his seventh consecutive Finals appearance (four with Miami and three with Cleveland), said the Cavs kept it close until midway through the third period.

"That's what they do", James said. "For him the whole priority was his health and I think he's in a good place right now".

The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth.

"It's human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world 'It's over, it's over, '" Livingston said. We saw what happened past year.

Speaking shortly before Game Two against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kerr said he was feeling somewhat better. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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