Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 08, 2017,
Jun 08, 2017, 1:46
Kevin Love scored 27 points for Cleveland while Kyrie Irving added 19. Los Angeles swept Portland in a five-game first round series, then won four straight against Sacramento and San Antonio to enter the Finals against Philadelphia undefeated.
But he didn't get it off. Durant rose with those tarantula arms and completely ate Love's hook shot, palming it, staring Love down and then starting a fastbreak the other way.
The Warriors won the series opener 113-91 and clinched the second game 132-113 to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Finals, leaving the Cavs with no room for error as the series shifts to Cleveland. "It was probably the key to the whole game".
'THIS IS FAR FROM OVER' Curry was excited for his statistical feat on a night of fast-paced playmaking and spectacular moves, but disappointed in his eight turnovers, twice what the team had in game one.
Well, the Warriors rested and tinkered and experimented and goofed around in the regular season and still managed to win 67 games. It's something they never could've done with Harrison Barnes, who is the size of a normal small forward. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.
Kerr also received a warm welcome from the visiting team, with Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue telling SFGate before the game, "It's just great to see him back". He scooped up the loose ball, pushed it upcourt and planted a transition 3. Curry danced around James before eventually laying one in.
His shooting slump felt like a distant memory as he dropped 22 points in Game 2, to go along with his stellar defense making life hard for Kyrie Irving (primarily).
What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn't really change. "It does surprise me, though, how effortless it looks for him".
That was only the first of Durant's five blocks.
The game's defining sequence came in the third quarter when Curry used a dazzling display of dribbling to dart past the much-bigger James and finish with a layup off the glass. He attended the pregame news conference Sunday and said he had not yet told his players that he would be back coaching, though said they knew in recent days that he was improving.
Then Durant stopped for a moment and, in celebration, yelled in Love's direction. Steve Kerr is a guy I respected even before he started coaching. "I've just got to keep battling".
But Durant wasn't done. One more playoff win, three fewer playoff loses, two fewer losses total.
"He took some contact and still finished the play", Green said.
"Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team". He may have forced some twos trying to get going, but he's not anxious about that. I just like who he is as a person, and throughout the course of the playoffs I've checked on him, and we text and talk. The Cavs shot 45% from the floor, cut their turnovers from 20 in Game 1 to nine in Game 2 and had LeBron at his full powers, as he put up 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists while only missing six shots.