The Cleveland Cavaliers are hosting the Golden State Warriors tonight in the NBA Finals. There’s no shame in dropping the first two road games of a series. Windhorst said the Cavs are an “A.D.D. franchise”, explaining that there could be big changes if the Cavs don’t give a good showing in the remaining games of the Finals.
ESPN sources say Love will not be cleared to play in Game 3. As the best basketball player in the league, he knows when he needs to step up and take over.
A Cavaliers spokesman said after the team’s shoot-around that Love remains in the NBA’s concussion protocol. Lue said after Game 1 he wanted to find more minutes for Frye, then played him less in Game 2.
The latest match-up was all but decided midway through the third, when Curry went to the bench due to foul trouble and with the Warriors leading by 10. J.R. Smith has three, Iman Shumpert and Kevin Love each have two and Richard Jefferson, Timofey Mozgov, Matthew Delavedova and Tristan Thompson each have one. In fact, their ineffectiveness on defense has allowed the Warriors to seemingly score at will on switches and pick and rolls.
James has pointed to the need for a better effort and a tougher stance from a team that has made its blue-collar style its season long approach.
There have been moments of success – just not enough to make this a series. In the first two games of this series, James has gone 16-of-38 from the field, while hitting three three-pointers in nine attempts.
In last year’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals, Curry scored a team-high 25 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, dished out 8 assists, and took 3 steals.
With teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love struggling mightily, it’s mainly on James to get the Cavs out of this mess.
There a lot of things going wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers in this disastrously one-sided NBA Finals. Unfortunately for Cleveland fans, Barnes are Curry are both much better defenders than most realize.
“We can’t relax”, Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. The Cavs can’t play that way against the Warriors.
Albeit, it only worked for a couple of games, but this is desperation time for the Cavs.
Lue’s under the gun to deliver a championship or there could be more changes.
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That makes sense, the team has averaged 110.5 points per game in these playoffs, four more than any other squad and averaged 114.9 points a game in the regular season on 41.6% three-point shooting and a record number of outside makes.
(AP Photo/Ben Margot). Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry smiles at a news conference after Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 5, 2016. If it doesn’t, chances are the Cavs will be swept.
Their thinking is simple: Take care of home court Wednesday and Friday, knot the series and see what happens in a best-of-three.
Last year, former Cavaliers head coach David Blatt implemented intelligent adjustments with Love and Irving hurt. Every single time, without exception.
An NBA playoff series can pivot quickly. That plus-48 combined margin adds up to the most one-sided first two games of the finals ever. Series prices after Game 2 have the Warriors at -850 and the Cavs netting you +600 if you’re of the opinion they can get things turned around at home and deliver Cleveland its first pro championship since 1964.