Jeff Schudel: Kevin Love expecting more from Cleveland Cavaliers role players

Gwen Vasquez
June 4, 2017

It's the same hollow argument from anyone who expects....or just hopes...the NBA Finals will be entertaining, competitive, and most of all, better than the month and a half long postseason that preceded it. Spoiler alert. It surely looked that way in Game 1, as they held the Cavs to 34.9 percent from the field - and a stifling 30.2 in the second half. "Going into Game 2 we'll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end". Indeed, the Phoenix Suns rested several veteran and healthy players late in the season and secured the league's second-worst record, but were not rewarded in the lottery and dropped out of the top three. "At certain points we did that, but we have to do that throughout", Love said.

It should come as no surprise that the two teams with the best offensive rating in the playoffs are the Warriors and Cavaliers.

Unlike the already talented Warriors squads that Cleveland split the last two Finals with, this version is more unsafe given the offseason addition of four-times National Basketball Association scoring champion and former league MVP Kevin Durant. Green, having moved off Tristan Thompson when he saw Love working to post up Curry, jumped into the passing lane the moment the ball left James' hand. He had the Cavs on skates and buried the Cavaliers in the third quarter before celebrating with a couple high kicks. "They capitalized. And we get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in game two". "Don't worry about any other story line, anything else that doesn't matter to the game".

Durant made precisely the difference Cleveland feared he might - not only performing at an elite level himself but making it hard for the Cavs to throw multiple players at Stephen Curry, who contributed 28 points and 10 assists.

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Curry also impressed on defense, a year after the Cavs took full advantage of him by switching on pick-and-rolls. "They took Game 1 the last three years, so, we know there are some things that we can correct". "His defense was incredible".

"Definitely somebody will have to do a better job at stopping the dribble drive", Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said. The addition of Durant has certainly helped providing more space, but Curry's performance has always been an indicator of the result. The final score of 113-91 doesn't do justice. But the Cavaliers weren't as dominant as they've been in that department on Thursday night.

If he can sustain his Game 1 dominance, this will be a short series.

Kerr has been out since Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. "I'm the coach until they tell me I'm not". "He's competitive and he wants to win, so you can bet that he's not happy about a year ago and he's going to go after this one". Leuterio said, adding that the National Basketball Association have great imbalance in the competition which is only good for the shoe companies but never for the league as a whole.

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