Episode 461 - NBA Finals Game 2 Review & Game 3 Preview


There are many things to examine within the first two games of this series, and a good number of words will be devoted to it. Better wasn't good enough.

Golden State has seen Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant shine in the first two games of the series.

It felt like the wine and gold were constantly trying to close a 10-point gap. It was that level of leeway that was the basis of Golden State's pitch to Durant when the team met with him in free agency last July in the Hamptons. They've looked thoroughly outclassed and overmatched against the Warriors through eight quarters of the Finals.

The second quarter didn't open well, as the Cavaliers trotted out a lineup of Irving, Deron Williams, Kyle Korver, Iman Shumpert, and Channing Frye.

Ian Clark and Thompson made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to help the Warriors build the lead to 12 in the third minute of the second period. The Warriors hold a 2-0 lead in the Finals.

Durant dropped 33 points in Game 2 on Sunday night. No one else has more than two. He forced the Cavaliers to adjust to the Warriors.

But Golden State again jumped on the Cavs in the third quarter, extending the lead to eleven early.

All was right again for the Warriors with their leader back in his usual spot on the bench.

During one sequence, Curry received a long pass from Durant.

They play fantastic defence and move the ball around at a frenetic pace, and it seems like anyone can score from just about anywhere on the floor.

The most interesting story on Monday comes via ESPN's Chris Haynes, a day after the Warriors routed the Cavaliers 132-113 in Game Two of the NBA Finals. He was getting to the rim and converting, even through contact. But that Warriors team was more susceptible to being worn down over time. Love was fantastic, as well.

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Sunday's Game 2 broadcast averaged a 32.4 rating in the Cleveland market and a 31.1 in the San Francisco-Oakland market. Thompson played in his 78th postseason game to pass Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history.

It's hard to see there, but check out this angle. If his draft partner Irving can't find his game, it is completely impossible to see the Cavaliers pulling off a comeback.

But the biggest cheer from the crowd at the Oracle Arena was saved for Kerr as he returned to the bench for the first time during the post-season. James' eighth triple-double of his finals career tied Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson for the most in National Basketball Association history.

9 - Turnovers for the Cavs after 20 in Game One.

A closeup of the Under Armour Curry 4, worn by Stephen Curry in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

If Durant offsets James in these Finals, the Warriors win a championship. Yup, just what the Cavs needed. The Splash Brother has been struggling in the postseason but slipped out of his slump, adding 22 points and 7 rebounds.

James: Well, are you a smart guy? "He's been such a big piece of our success the last three years, obviously".

In a rare occurrence, LeBron did not answer questions at the podium after the game. He chose to answer questions from the locker room.

"He's a reason why we're able to be who we are", Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston said.

LeBron James made a record-equalling eighth play-off triple-double.

Looking ahead to Games 3 and 4, what can the Cavs do that's going to stop a Golden State squad that still hasn't played their A game and still has cruised to victories in the Finals?