Cavaliers want to ramp up physicality but won't 'dirty up' game

Laura Christensen
June 5, 2017

Kerr returned to the bench to a rousing ovation, waving to the fans while back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Portland on April 19 because of pain issues stemming from complications after 2015 back surgery.

James had a superb game in the loss, scoring 29 points, dishing out 14 assists, and corralling 10 rebounds. If the Cavs don't win two at home to go back to Oakland for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2, repeating as champions will be like climbing Everest bare-footed, because this time the Cavs have to contend with Kevin Durant. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor) and Walt Frazier did it in 1970.

"There were opportunities, but they did a good job boxing me out", Thompson said.

James enters Game 2 against Golden State having been part of 58 road playoff wins. They're going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball. I wouldn't have done my teammates any good if I wasn't just enjoying the moment....

The conversations in local sports books aren't unlike the ones taking place in the national media, with everyone wondering how the Cavaliers can slow Kevin Durant. Golden State has won 106 consecutive games when shooting better than 50 percent, a streak going back to November 2014.

The Warriors pulled away again, outscoring the Cavaliers 35-24 in the third quarter to take a 102-88 lead into the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. "We made a lot of mistakes; they capitalized".

It was obvious to everyone that the Cavs didn't quite play their desired style of play in Game 1.

Curry wore his emotions for everybody to see, willing the unblemished Warriors even when Cleveland went on a third-quarter run after that play. They tried the same tactic in Game 1, but Curry was able to hold his own when the Cavaliers attacked him. "Implore them to win it for me because it's not important for them to win it for themselves".

Although Lue said Saturday that the Cavaliers are "not anxious about Tristan", the limitations in Thompson's games show through when he's not finding success extending possessions.

Based on the pattern of this year's postseason, bettors are justified to jump on the hot team after game 1.

After Game 1, prodded by a reporter, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, tongue in cheek, described the Warriors as "the best I've ever seen".

The other end of the court has been more of a challenge this postseason for Thompson, who has posted two of the top seven 3-point seasons in National Basketball Association history the past two seasons and is a 42 percent shooter for his career from long range.

"Well, I'm pretty sure that won't happen tomorrow", Durant said with a grin Saturday. A year ago they wore the crown before they won the crown, an nearly always fatal misstep, and thus lost it.

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