Kevin Durant (left) and Draymond Green celebrate during the second half of the Golden State Warriors' victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. "That's a mindset. Like I mentioned, we need to understand when to take fouls, when to be super-assertive, super-aggressive on the defensive end and in the open court, know how we're going to fan out to different defenders, not open up the lane for certain guys, and just make second and third efforts to get the 50-50 balls". "So it's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing". Rivals shot only 1-for-12 against him, allowing Durant to strike for 38 points and guard Stephen Curry to score 28.
If "King" James and the Cavaliers don't take advantage at Oracle Arena, the Warriors will stretch their National Basketball Association playoff win streak record to 14 games and could become the first champions to run undefeated through the playoffs by winning Wednesday and Friday in Cleveland.
"He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got", Curry said of Kerr. "The bigs are wrestling down there, and I'm going to keep wrestling down there and get me some offensive rebounds". "Heading to Cleveland we're gonna have to be a lot smarter".
A few hours before Game 2 tipped, we caught up with the NBA TV commentator (who'd like to remind you to check out the NBA Awards on TNT June 26th that Drake's hosting) to ask him what adjustments Cleveland needs to make in order to even the series and whether he's still standing behind his original prediction of Golden State in six. The speedy Warriors fast break proved more than Cleveland could silence. "That's what we come to expect every year now".
There were a handful of times Cleveland was more focused on Curry and the 3-point shooters, but Durant made them pay with six first-half dunks. "When we're not making shots and they get off in transition off rebounds and stuff like that, they're tough to guard". "If we play that game in Cleveland, we're not winning".
"After Game 1, Cleveland can play better. So we got to be much better too".
"They will be way more physical", Kevin Durant said. "We had 20 turnovers, and there's no way you're going to win a ballgame having 20 turnovers against this team on the road". Some of our lack of communication led to mistakes and led to buckets. Before the game, the National Basketball Coaches Association presented its annual Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award to co-winners Al Attles, who led the Warriors to their first West Coast championship in 1975, and Hubie Brown, a Hall of Fame honoree in 2005. That's something we can definitely clean up.
Cavaliers reserve Richard Jefferson compares it to a boxing bout, with the Cavs rising from a knockdown.
"It's going to be a wrestling match, like WWE down there", he said. "When we experience that, we're able to adjust, we're a lot better".
"We're never anxious about him and his shooting or anything and spotlight that's on that", Stephen Curry said. It's never about how you get knocked down. "As a group we're very confident in our ability to answer as the series progresses".