Cavs' best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

"We played against good teams, and we came to the Finals undefeated, and here we are up 2-0, so we're playing incredible basketball right now".

They may have no choice.

Durant completes the picture of the Warriors as a team to be reckoned with in conversations regarding the all-time best (and certainly the all-time most entertaining).

But mostly it's Curry alone, drilling his daily 200 or so three-pointers and assorted shots.

Still, Lue, the Cavs' cool-under-pressure coach, believes his team can equal the Warriors' frenetic pace and flip the script as it did in 2016.

Not just because the Warriors are very good, but because the rest of the league teams are ... bleh. So that's our game. "Nothing was really going our way, but we were still there". But it's not the differences in the levels of each team we're focusing on right now, it's Steph Curry taking a nap during the 4th quarter.

They won't say it, because the lesson from being vocal about these things was learned. That's who we are. Golden State is also one of the best defensive teams in the league making things very hard for their opponent.

Smith has hit just one of six shots in the first two games of the series and is just 1-for-4 from three where he normally excels.

"Scaring me a little bit up here", Durant said. "Trying to be aggressive every opportunity I have".

This is the type of loss for the Cavaliers that destroys your soul, and it's tough to think they'll muster up enough fight to stave off a sweep.

During last year's Finals in Cleveland, Brown met with Kerr about joining the Warriors staff and replacing Luke Walton, who was bound for the Los Angeles Lakers. Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks and is suddenly on the cusp of his first ring. He was gassed, and the Cavs couldn't keep up as the Warriors scored 132 despite 20 turnovers.

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"That's not our game". And when you don't get to them, they make you pay.

It's not an enviable position to be in, not even going home, where the Cavs have been so strong all year long.

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Cleveland for two games, with Game 3 Wednesday. "We know what's at stake, and we're going to come out Friday and play with some great poise".

The Cavaliers got outrebounded, 44-37, in Game 3. Fatigue will play a role.

Missing from that list, and normally the second name mentioned behind James, is Kyrie Irving, but through two games he has been made to look rather average by Klay Thompson, who is doing a great job defending him.

Q: Can you talk about rebounding, which would have been an advantage for the Cavs, and today actually you outrebounded by seven and Curry actually out rebounded both Tristan Thompson and actually outrebound Smith and Irving combined?

2-for-6 behind the arc to finish with eight points. "And there were three times as much media there".

"When you watch it, it doesn't necessarily seem as bad because you understand that the things that you can't control", he said. Two of the greatest one-on-one players in the league went to work, James finishing with 39 and Irving with 38.

Thanks for your continued support.

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Well, if you ask Miley Cyrus she'll probably tell you that Durant is a Wrecking Ball. Our role as an independent, fact-based news organization has never been clearer.

Defensively, the only easy baskets - and we use easy as a relative term here - the Cavs are getting are when James bullies his way past the first line of defence to the rim.


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