The NBA Finals are two games through and the result is not mind-blowing. The Golden State Warriors hold a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers with two very different games played thus far.
Game One went into overtime with Golden State beating the Cavaliers in Oakland- 124- 114. Steph Curry led the Warriors with 29 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds in 46 minutes. Kevin Durant “chipped in” with 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in 46 minutes.
In a game where three of the NBA’s top 5 players (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry) squared off, it has ultimately been a David vs. Goliath match-up. LeBron did his part scoring 51 points, dropping 8 assists, along with 8 rebounds in 48 minutes. LeBron was not the reason the Cavaliers lost though.
The ultimate reason why the Cavaliers lost will be debated for decades. Was it J.R. Smith‘s moronic play at the end of regulation? The man dribbled the ball out like he was Bob Cousy and didn’t even realize the score. One of the most memorable gaffes ever in NBA Finals history.
Was it George Hill? This man ultimately missed the free throw that lead to Smith pulling a boneheaded play. Can you really blame a guy (that has had no Finals experience) for missing a free throw in his first NBA Finals game? I’d say it is a lot to ask for Hill in that situation but he is also not the worst free throw shooter in the league. Hill is a career 80% free throw shooter which means you should be able to count on him. I’d put most of the blame on him.
The starters of the Warriors are far better than the Cavaliers. The Warriors “Big Four” is Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The Cavaliers may have the best player in the World in LeBron James, but their second best player is Kevin Love. Basically, the Warriors are Fiji Water while the Cavaliers are tap water. Still drinkable, but don’t deserve to be in the same sentence.
For Cavaliers fans, the results of Game Two are unspeakable. The Warriors smoked the Cavaliers 122–103 in a game that was never competitive. The Warriors had the complete control throughout, and it wasn’t even debatable.
Stephen Curry once again dazzled for the Warriors posting 33 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds in 38 minutes. Curry set an NBA record for 3 pointers in an NBA Finals game going 9-17 from beyond the arc. You’ll see the kid in Springfield, MA someday, alongside the greats.
A lot has been made about the choice by Kevin Durant to join the Warriors. I’d say he made the right decision. If all things work out financially, the Warriors will be a force to be reckon with for years. Both Curry and Durant can pull up from 3 point range at any time and if Klay Thompson decides to resign, the Warriors have nothing to worry about.
NBA fans should be big fans of Draymond Green who is tenacious in the defensive end of the floor. Green, a stretch power forward is also known to pull up from 3 point range on occasion. Green went for a meager 5 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in 39 minutes in Game Two but the box score doesn’t show everything. Green is an intimidating factor no matter where he is on the floor.
Game Three is going to come down to the Cavaliers role players. Tyronn Lue is going to dust off Rodney Hood (who has not played a game during this NBA Finals) and hope that the role players are better at home. I think the series is over though, unless LeBron James can pull a rabbit out of his hat,