LeBron's brilliance not enough as Cavs fall to Warriors anew

Ruben Hill
June 6, 2017

Kevin Durant dunks the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017.

Kerr watched his Golden State Warriors grab a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals by downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-113 Sunday night in another rout, returning to the sideline with a warm welcome from the sellout crowd after a six-week absence. We've been here. The guys that were here a year ago understand it's the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we've got two more games to go.

Hulking but ineffective villain LeBron James seemed to get a little testy after the game, declining to conduct the typical press conference at a podium and instead just taking questions in the locker room. Golden State G Klay Thompson played in his 78th career playoff game, breaking a tie with SG Jeff Mullins for the most in franchise history. And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good.

Cleveland, however, embraced Tyron Lue's assessment that their best defense is their offense, and went all in on the offensive side.

Although we still may need to see more from Durant and Curry as teammates beyond this year in order to call them one of the best duos in National Basketball Association history, they are certainly heading in that direction and have an opportunity to further their case in Wednesday's Game 3 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC/WatchESPN. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year's Finals.

"It didn't feel any different as far as play calls and things we need to do", Green said when asked about how Kerr's return impacted the game.

He was even seen huffing and puffing as he went to the bench at one point in the third quarter. He underwent a procedure at Duke University in early May to help alleviate some pain.

LeBron's brilliance not enough as Cavs fall to Warriors anew
LeBron's brilliance not enough as Cavs fall to Warriors anew

Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough. James got 27 points of support from Kevin Love, but Kyrie Irving (19 points) struggled, shooting 8-of-23.

"There's an eight on the start sheet that I need to correct when we go to Cleveland", Curry said.

But that was the case past year, and Cleveland can lean on that experience. "But heading to Cleveland, we're going to have to be a lot smarter".

Said James of Irving: "He missed some chippies - ones he's so accustomed to making". Golden State equaled its four turnovers from Game 1 in the initial 5:12.

Thompson's lack of production has been particularly glaring considering how big a role he played the past two seasons, averaging a double-double in the Finals each of those years.

The Warriors were lethal in the first two games and handled the Cavs with relative ease. So they won two games. "I've just got to keep battling".

"Along with the perimeter defense of Klay (Thompson) and Andre (Iguodala), trying to do their best with Kyrie (Irving) and LeBron (James), but KD was fantastic". "They're obviously trying to make a few other guys make some plays". Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games.

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