James has won three titles and is in his seventh consecutive Finals.
Kyrie Irving was off his game, and the Cavs finally had a bad night shooting the 3-pointer. Unless something changes, Quicken Loans Arena is about to be home away from home for Kevin Durant and the Splash Brothers. It was 2-0 a year ago and we lost.
It seems simple, but it's not. The Warriors have won 14 straight playoff games and 29 of their last 30 dating to the regular season.
Cavs superstar LeBron James was asked what comparison he would make between last year's series at this juncture and this year's 2-0 deficit and resultant must-win situation in Game 3 at The Q. He is partnered with Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP who has scored 60 points through two games and is coming off a triple-double in Game 2. "I think we're moving the ball great, we're shooting the ball at a high clip and our defense has been unbelievable". "(It's) just going to be a matter of how well we can pay attention to details on our game plan".
"That was a decision that we had talked about and we had discussed as a group", Curry said.
"That's a Coach Lue question, not a my question", James said. Golden State has won 29 of its last 30, including the ongoing record-setting, ideal run through the playoffs. He's averaging 35.5 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists; James is averaging a triple-double.
Durant declined to comment on the winning streak, saying he was not going to take a step back until the team claims the Larry O'Brien trophy for its second time in three years.
The top-seeded Warriors have used their free-firing, run-and-gun style to grab a 2-0 lead in the NBA's best-of-seven championship but the Cavaliers insist they would not benefit from slowing down the tempo.
We were just lucky to have a versatile team, explained Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who returned to the bench after recuperating from a severe back injury.
"I think that there's an understanding between our guys that we haven't performed well in Game 3 [in the past]", Green said. "He was a monster defensively, blocking shots, guarding everybody". "To say if we were to go 16-0, we beat four teams 16 times in a row".
That much is clear.
And not only are the best players on the court, the best players are playing their best basketball.
You could argue Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the Warriors have yet to be tested this postseason. They are two games away from being the first team in National Basketball Association history to achieve perfection at the highest level of competition. It was one of the most complete Finals games he's ever played, and that catalog is reasonably extensive by now.
That puzzle may end up in the history books. "That will benefit us most, in how we adjust to those things". We want 15-0. We literally never once mentioned 16-0.
Bombo Radio chief of anchor Ronald Barbarona, meanwhile, believes that the defending champion Cavs will bounce back in Game 3 just like a year ago. "If I do that, it'll all even out".
Then again, Smith was scuffling through the first two games of last season's Finals and came back with 20 points in Game 3. Leaving Draymond Green open on the perimeter has proven foolhardy as he rebounded from first-game struggles to hit 3-of-5 from beyond the arc in Game 2 as well as handing out six assists. Cleveland prevailed in 2016. "But right now, we're in a good place".
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