Golden: Durant's dominance has made NBA Finals a mismatch

Paola Ditto
Giugno 7, 2017

For the week of May 29-June 4, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. LeBron James is clearly the best active player in the NBA - and he is playing in his seventh consecutive NBA Finals - but barring a miracle, he is going to lose for the fourth time in that time. Curry wasn't fully healthy or impactful in the series, and Andre Iguodala had a back issue.

And as a student of the game, he seems to know when he is facing checkmate.

When the Warriors added Durant, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West to a roster that blew a 3-1 Finals lead to James and fell short of a repeat past year, many wondered if they would have enough in the middle to defend the rim.

James and the Cavs reconvened at practice Tuesday in search of answers. That would give the Cavs some much-needed help defensively.

It was the Warriors' second-lowest point total of the season and in their lowest, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, and Draymond Green did not play. If not for some costly turnovers in Game 2, the Warriors could have put up 150 points on the Cavs.

If you are glass half-full, you consider that the Cavs fell behind 3-1 last season in the Finals to the Warriors and staged a historic comeback to capture the title.

It's enough to take Draymond Green back to the game on January 17, 2014, when Durant, then a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, torched the Warriors for 54 points. "It was 2-0 past year, we lost".

Green said former players wanting to compare their teams to the Warriors did so out of a feeling of insecurity over their own accomplishments.

"But they're a team you cannot - you can't let them go on runs". "You guys asked me what's the difference, and I told you". While that's debatable, the fact that he's stepped his game up to take full advantage of his situation is the prevailing theme in these 2017 NBA Finals thus far.

Game 1: Warriors 113, Cavaliers 91. How do they stop the avalanche in front of them?

"I would imagine Kyrie's going to come out and have a great game", Love said.

Griffin's contract and future with the franchise are of virtually no concern inside the locker room right now, where players and coaches - with the input of Griffin and his front-office staff - are trying to figure out how they get a game against the Warriors and try to sway some of the momentum. "He's a big piece of our success and they know that, so they have neutralized that in the first two games". "We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well also. So they won two games; now we got to go home and regroup".

He will get a new contract this summer, and he'll get a huge raise to at least $27 million, possibly more. Golden State, a Finals dubbed "The Three-Match" has been a mismatch. But with Durant in Barnes' place, there is no hole now.

Curry made all 14 of his free throws.

"For us, that's the goal, to try to build a dynasty and be great each and every time we step on the floor". Golden State is responsible for plenty of Cleveland's struggles because of its offensive weapons and defensive pressure.

He had only four rebounds in Game 2, which was better than his scoreless four-rebound performance in Game 1. He is still a great player and one of the greatest of all-time, but even he can't defeat this Warriors juggernaut. "They play up-tempo, fast-they're just better at that than Cleveland right now". "We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better".

"We feel like we have a good game plan, we just need to execute for 48 minutes". We were much more physical.

The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0, and have looked dominant at times.

"Yeah, I'm playing with a lot of energy, that's the biggest thing", Curry said.

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