The most damning stretch for Irving came in Game 2's third quarter, when the Warriors turned a three-point lead at the half into a 14-point cushion heading into the fourth. In a tweet he subsequently deleted, Durant told Bayless, "U brainwashing these people out here, they think since you on espn you know what u talkin bout...please, nobody owns me". It was the second time in the postseason they committed at least 20 turnovers, and yet they scored at least 120 points in both games.
After giving up 38 points to Durant in Game 1, the Cavaliers had to pay more attention to stopping him when he had the ball, which meant they had to cheat off Thompson and Curry a little bit.
Now the series shifts back to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday night, with the Cavaliers trying to find a way to get themselves back into this series and the Warriors knowing that two more wins this week will get them another title. LeBron James already mentioned it after Game 1.
Game 3 will be on June 8 LIVE at 9:00 am with a primetime replay of S+A at 8:00pm of the same day. "The game is too fresh", James said. "It has nothing to do with wins and losses though", he said. James is doing his part, averaging 28.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 1.5 blocks, while shooting 55 percent from the field and 33 percent from long distance.
"We're never anxious about him and his shooting and the spotlight that's on that", Curry said of Thompson. I was just in a good rhythm.
"I'm not a past guy too much".
Point guard Kyrie Irving scored 19 points Sunday but took 23 shots and was unable to slow Curry when matched against him. "We need to take that mentality to Cleveland". While Curry looks back to being at the peak of his powers as a game-breaking offensive talent, Durant has been a two-way wrecking crew through the first two games of this series. "We're going home, the crowd will be behind our back and we have to go out there and play".
As noted by one jaded National Basketball Association devotee from Pasig City, the Game 1 Nightmare did turn into cruel reality for the Cavaliers in Game 2.
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 each of the previous two Finals.
Garnett has given Cavs fans something to hate about the 15-time All-Star during their two playoff meetings.
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James and Love combined to make 24 of 41 shots in Game 2, while the rest of the team shot just 36 percent, with only Irving even reaching double figures in scoring. It started with getting to the basket early and taking good shots.
"It's a small game and you've got shooters everywhere and you have to be able to protect the rim with LeBron [James] coming downhill, with [Kevin] Love posting up and Draymond's on the bench".
"He really plays for his teammates", Warriors general manager Bob Myers said before Game 2.