Cavs try to adjust on both ends

Lynette Rowe
June 5, 2017

Can LeBron and Co. return the favor Sunday and even the series before it shifts to Cleveland for Game 3?

In 1975, Attles coached the Golden State Warriors and KC Jones, a former Boston Celtics great, coached the Washington Bullets in the NBA Finals as African-American coaches-a first.

Kevin Love and LeBron James have combined for 27 for the Cavaliers. But he was a non-factor in Game 1, failing to score and getting just four rebounds.

The Warriors lead the Finals 1-0 against the Cavaliers.

For his part, James said his attitude about a playoff game doesn't change whether he is playing before supportive fans in Cleveland or crowds yelling against him on the road. Much more physical today than we were in Game 1. That was fine, but National Basketball Association fans deserve at least a little excitement. The flip-flop method, which says to bet on the losing team in game 1 for game 2, has proven destructive to bankrolls this year as it's yielded a 4-10 against the spread record so far. Only Tim Duncan (63) and Robert Horry (61) have more.

The Warriors pulled away again, outscoring the Cavaliers 35-24 in the third quarter to take a 102-88 lead into the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Thompson's blunt self-assessment was borne primarily of feeling the Cavs weren't entirely ready for the speed of a game against the Warriors nor the intensity. Hubie Brown also was honored as a co-recipient.

Q: You know the Warriors well having played them the last three years in the championship round.

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Dallas Coach Rick Carlisle presented Attles his award - named for the late Hall of Fame Pistons coach - on behalf of the National Basketball Coaches Association.

In Thursday's opener, Thompson finished well below his playoff average of 8.9 boards per game. He returned to the bench to coach the Warriors after missing most of the postseason due to health issues. But Grant Hill thinks you'd be foolish to count out LeBron James and company.

James, who last month overtook Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader, was coached by current Warriors acting coach Mike Brown with the Cavaliers, who appreciates the streak and the longevity James has shown in reaching eight career NBA Finals, the last seven in a row.

Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him. "Whether it comes from KD, whether it comes from Steve Nash, other great shooters, any of my teammates, all that input is very valuable for me as I go forward". "But we got to do a better job putting the ball in the basket".

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.

"What's our record now without me, like 800-12?" quipped Kerr, who missed the first 43 games during last season's record 73-win campaign.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue noted afterward it's been a while since his team had seen the Warriors, and that experience is bound to help.

Kerr coached the first two games of the first round series against Portland and then had to beg off. I had Golden State in six.

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