The Golden State Warriors made light work of the Cleveland Cavaliers yet again in the second half as they go 14-0 in the playoffs with a trip to Cleveland around the corner. Final: Warriors 132-113 Cavaliers. This is how it happened.
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It’s back to the Oracle Arena as the Cleveland Cavaliers look to rebound from an awful Game 1 showing in which they total gave up the ghost and lost 113-91.
Basketball fans around the world rejoiced when game one got underway as they felt they had been deprived of a proper series since the very start of the playoffs. Soon though, that same feeling of deprivation returned when it was obvious that the Warriors were not to be stopped.
The Cavaliers have some adjustments to make in Game 2 and if they can’t get things right, there is a sense that this series might be over before it ever gets started. The Oracle Arena is sure to be loud on Sunday night but if the Cavs make some adjustments on defence, they are sure to put up a better fight than they did on Friday morning.
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The Warriors line-up was strengthened at the start of the year with Kevin Durant and while Steph Curry remained the largest draw for large spells of the year, Durant was unstoppable in Game 1.
He finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and well and truly sliced the Cavs’ defence open. Mike Brown has coached well in Steve Kerr’s absence due to chronic back and migraine pain and it is unclear as to whether the Warriors head coach will return for Game 2 but as it stands, he will not be on the bench. Brown said, “It's an easy thing for someone to say [Kerr is coming back]. I could say that every day, and it could be true. But until it becomes something different than that, whether it means he's not or he is, it's going to keep being, 'he might.'
If the Warriors can continue to play both sides of the ball with the vigour and intensity that they did in Game 1 and if the Cavaliers continue to play as poorly, Kerr is not needed for now.
A wise man said that in order for the Cavaliers to win, they have to be extraordinary and the Warriors just need to be themselves. Such is the luxury of being a favourite and while LeBron showed up in Game 1, he was not sensational and neither were his teammates. He score 28 points, picked up 15 rebounds and added eight assists while the like of J.R Smith had four shots and didn’t make any. That has to change on Monday morning.
As a matter of fact, some of their best role players were downright atrocious with Smith, Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver, and Deron Williams going 1-of-14 from the field in Game 1.
"When you turn the basketball over, they really make you pay," is what Ty Lue said after the game. The Cavs' inability to guard the Warriors on the break and their willingness to miss shots and not be able to rebound the ball really hurt them.
The Cavaliers are sure to, at the very least, keep this one closer than they did in the first game but if the Warriors can improve on their first game, which they can, the Cavaliers might be looking at back-to-back losses if they aren’t extraordinary on Monday morning.
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