Steve Kerr to coach Warriors in Game 2 of NBA Finals

Paola Ditto
Giugno 5, 2017

The Warriors can certainly win the title with a struggling Thompson, considering he's the team's fourth-best player and they've done just fine this postseason without a major contribution from him, but it does give Cleveland a better chance to pull off the upset.But someone from Cleveland, maybe many someones, had better find a way to make life tougher for the Warriors going forward starting on Sunday.Durant scored 38 points and dunked easily, six times in the first half alone and many of which he went untouched to the rim.James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take nearly as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86."There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said.

After watching the Warriors use a 13-2 run to help build a 102-88 lead by the end of the third quarter, the Cavaliers retained hope when they held Golden State to just one field goal in the first 2:08 of the fourth quarter. He's now tied with Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history. "Thirty-eight, eight, eight, zero turnovers? We're real tough to beat when he's doing that". In Game 1, the do-it-all forward accumulated 9 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. That starts Sunday in Game 2. "There's nothing that really needs to be said".

This year, the Cavs look to take the series lead, while the Warriors are looking for revenge after the Cavs ruined their season last year. "We can't play in between". During Saturday's interviews, he was adamant his team did not play that poorly in Game 1.

"Last year's playoffs felt like a war every game", Thompson said.

The Golden State Warriors took control of the NBA Finals after seeing off reigning champions the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two. The Warriors blew a 3-1 lead and lost the Finals to James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Klay Thompson looked good early, and with even more fouls on Curry, including another three-point foul, the Warriors were in position for a Durant three to make it a 40-point quarter. Either way, as it was a season ago, the Warriors are heading to Cleveland up two games to none. - Covers Expert Steve Merril. The Warriors didn't play their best in Game 1 - something members of both teams agree on - yet still cruised to a 22-point victory. Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry have 28 for the Warriors, but Curry is also up to six turnovers.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue answers questions during a press conference after Game 1 of basketball's NBA Finals Thursday, June 1, 2017, in Oakland, Calif.

"We have to just do a better job of being direct with what we want to do", he added. "I just like who he is as a person, and throughout the course of the playoffs I've checked on him and we text and talk", Lue said. "We will play better". The Warriors scored 21 points off Cleveland miscues - a total that could have easily been higher - while the Cavs got just six off Golden State's four turnovers.

Durant and Curry aside, the Cavs were often their own worst enemy.

The Cavs watched film and vowed to get back to basics and the solid fundamentals that carried them this far, especially on the defensive end.

"It's going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out", said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.

But what is a constant from Game 1 to Game 2 is Kevin Durant. The Warriors went 39-4 under Luke Walton.

Under is 4-0 in Cavaliers last 4 vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Golden State at Cleveland, 8 p.m.

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