Golden State Warriors @ Cleveland Cavaliers: As it happened
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It’s back to Cleveland we go as the Cavaliers look to make this series interesting. They trail 2-0 after two beatings at the Oracle Arena but LeBron and the Cavaliers were 31-10 in Ohio during the season and were second in the NBA with that record, beaten only by the Warriors who lost five at home all season.
LeBron James refused to go to the podium after Game 2. He had been left waiting on previous occasions recently and figured he had better things to be doing than to wait for journalists to ask him questions about what he was going to do to turn the tide in the series and where it was going wrong.
Truth is, LeBron might not have had the answers to pacify the reporters asking them. He has plenty to figure out in the next number of days and if he can’t, it doesn’t seem like anyone else will?
Kyrie Irving, so often his muse, was dreadful in Game 2 and there is concern that if they can’t get the mesmerising point guard moving, the Cavs will struggle even though they take the series back home for Game 3. They called a time-out at one point in Game 2 and Richard Jefferson tried to calm Irving down and while it worked for about 30 seconds, he went back to missing lay-ups and failing to cause trouble with his off-the-dribble shooting and penetration as the game started to slip away from the Cavs.
With Steve Kerr back on the bench for the Warriors, there is genuine concerns that everything is falling into place for the Golden State side while everything continues to go wrong for the Cavs. They need a remedy and they need it fast.
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It has been the narrative throughout the season even when he was injured but the Warriors upgraded massively in the offseason when they added Kevin Durant. He missed a spell with a knee injury during the season but he has pushed himself to the forefront of the news again with the exceptional displays in the first two games of the series.
There was genuine concern that Klay Thompson’s shooting might haunt the Warriors and after a poor night to open the series, he was back to his very best in Game 2 when he sunk 22 points to help out Steph Curry and Kevin Durant despite the fact that they needed little.
Steph picked up a sneaky triple double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Along with LeBron’s, it was the first time ever that two players had recorded triple doubles in an NBA Finals.
That is the level we are reaching here in these finals and while the Cavaliers are really good, the Warriors continue to take it to another level. Talk of a four game sweep is starting to gather pace and if the Cavaliers want to keep this interesting, they simps must win in Game 3.