ABC is off and running with NBA Finals

Laura Christensen
June 7, 2017

The time zone has changed. "That's what makes it so much fun, to feel the energy of the Finals".

CON: With his spite at an all-time high, he was actually kinda awful against the Warriors this year: 32 turnovers in the Thunder's four games (all losses), with a -23.9 +/-, his worst against any team in the league. To a man, they all insisted at Tuesday's practice at Quicken Loans Arena that they must stick to what has worked for them in the past and brushed off any chatter that they'd be wise to try to slow down the action.

However, ever since the National Basketball Association take of the tickets dropped from 45 percent to 25 percent after the 2015 season, the pain associated with a short series has gotten stronger. I remember in Portland talking to Draymond Green before game three, and he was saying that the coaches pointed out to them that they were 2-6 the previous two years in game threes, including last season where they were 0-4. "We have to figure out a way to get him going early". "We know what to expect from that standpoint". "Game 3's (in the Finals) have been rough for us".

"We just need our supporting group to be themselves as much as possible", Irving said. Limiting mistakes was the main theme of what must change, but the three-time champion says physicality will need to be rolled over.

Last year, the Cavs clawed their way back from the precipice of elimination against a Golden State team that did not have future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Durant.

That's not to mention the game-winning shots he's made, putting Cleveland ahead for good with a three-pointer at the 53-second mark in Game 7, as well as his go-ahead field goal in the Cavs' final possession on December 25.

Last year, the Cavs rallied to win Game 3 at home emphatically to momentarily blunt criticism of the lackluster performances in Games 1 and 2.

Golden State Warriors on Monday took a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a dominant 132-113 victory over Cleveland Cavaliers. This is partially due to nearly all of the Cavaliers' players, outside of LeBron James, playing quite poorly.

The best-case survival scenario for the Cavaliers is the old adage that a series doesn't begin until the home team loses. He's also been excellent at using his length at the rim to block and alter shots.

That much is clear.

James is preaching "one game at a time, one possession at a starts at home". More disconcerting to the Cavs might be the fact that Durant and Curry - who is averaging 30 points per game in these Finals - seem to have found their groove. He was held to 17 points, two assists, two rebounds and six turnovers when Cleveland lost their only regular-season visit to Oracle Arena.

Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played at The Q on June 7 and June 9, respectively.

"We all bring something different to the table, and the pieces off that puzzle fit really well".

He is the best shooter in the National Basketball Association and will likely be considered the greatest shooter in history once his career ends. No team had ever won more than 11 consecutive playoff games before this postseason.

The Cavaliers had been 12-1 in the playoffs this year until facing the Warriors. "It motivates us to win for him", said Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, who hit 22 points. We want 15-0. We literally never once mentioned 16-0. "To me, it's a miracle that it's even a possibility, it's so hard to do".

It was as if the Cavs were running on sand, huffing down a beach, while the Warriors wore fresh kicks, sprinting by them on a fresh hardwood floor.

What does that have to do with the Golden State Warriors? Cleveland prevailed in 2016. Are we 14-0 right now?

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