LeBron's brilliance not enough in Game 2 loss to Warriors

Lynette Rowe
June 5, 2017

The Warriors ripped defending champions Cleveland 113-91 on Thursday behind 38 points from forward Kevin Durant and 28 by guard Stephen Curry as the best-of-seven championship series began. The Warriors scored 21 points off Cleveland miscues - a total that could have easily been higher - while the Cavs got just six off Golden State's four turnovers.

James was equally spectacular with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with Golden State's depth despite Kevin Love's 27 points and 19 from Kyrie Irving. "Thirty-eight, eight, eight, zero turnovers?"

"If we have that same defensive effort collectively, we'll be really tough to beat". Overcommit to the lane, and their shooters will tee off from 3-point range. "He was unbelievable (in Game 1), and I expect nothing less in the rest of the games".

LeBron James and his Cleveland team-mates will need quicker decisions and more aggressive play in the Game Two of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals after the Cavaliers were routed by Golden State in the opener. "They're going to make adjustments", Brown said. There's nothing really needs to be said.

The second game of the series gave us the best of the best at their best, even if the end fell flat. "If we play that game in Cleveland, we're not winning". But like the rest of his teammates, he knows it's a one-game issue that the Cavs will bounce back from. Curry shot just 40 percent in the Finals a year ago and had more turnovers (30) than assists (26) as he nursed injuries to his knee and ankle. "If I score six points a game and it gets us four wins and an National Basketball Association championship, I can do that every year". It will be interesting to see if history repeats itself this year.

Steph Curry has 27 points, including a 14-for-14 effort at the foul line, and Kevin Durant has 24 points for Golden State.

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Game 2 this Sunday at 8pm on ABC!

The result of Game 1 certainly was proof of that. - Covers Expert Steve Merril.

"I think that's how Cleveland is going to approach it, make it a physical game", Michael Cooper, now the coach of the WNBA's Atlanta Dream who went through some epic Lakers-Celtics battles as a player in the 1980s, said before the series began. "They capitalized. And we get an opportunity to get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in Game 2". It just seems, no matter how well the Cavs play, the Warriors just continue to have bigger and better weapons. We can do better job of getting him going early. If Cleveland manages to win Game 3, all the talk of last year's collapse will add pressure to Golden State that they haven't had to deal with thus far.

Cleveland's third star, point guard Kyrie Irving, struggled offensively with a 8-for-23 shooting night, fellow starters Tristan Thompson (eight points, four rebounds) and J.R. Smith (scoreless) were invisible again and no one on the bench stepped up leaving King James helpless for much of the night. They're going to be more focused in terms of what they want to accomplish on both ends of the floor. They've got some heading into Game 2, but they vow to be much better.

Cavaliers are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. The problem was they couldn't stop Golden State's high-powered attack.

Home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

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