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Doug Mendoza
June 8, 2017

Windhorst pointed out, however, that even if the Cavs would've went 14-of-29, Cleveland still would of lost.

So while the Cavs cling to hope based on what they did before, the problem is what else do the Cavs have up their sleeves against a team now powered by Durant that has been unbeatable in the playoffs.

According to ESPN's research, the first two games of the series were played at a faster pace - possessions per minutes - than any of James' previous 212 playoff games.

"The game is too fresh".

"We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better", James said. I personally think he's way more arrogant than confident, but until any team can show up these Warriors (which is highly unlikely), who gives a crap whether or not the guy takes a breather on the sidelines?

They did it exquisitely well in Games 1 and 2; they did it with beauty and precision pretty much the entire season. "And we're going to need to play better to win on the road".

"So they had - it took them a good year, I thought, to figure out how to play together".

No one to this point, other than James and perhaps Kevin Love, has played to his capabilities.

"They're definitely a different team than they were previous year that's definitely in full effect that we're all fully aware of", the Cavs' Kyrie Irving said.

"Defensively, now he has to do a lot more", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue explained when asked to assess Irving so far.

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Who takes it? Curry, or Durant? CLEVELAND (AP) - Kevin Durant released his deep shot, the one he always makes in his dreams. And in the first two games, Irving did not have anywhere near the type of two-way impact that James, Durant and Curry had.

The Boston Celtics featured Larry Bird, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and others in their championship run in 1984 when they beat the Lakers in the Finals. So, he's special. Both of those guys are special. "He's a big piece of our success and they know that, so they have neutralized that in the first two games".

Neither does he, and KD's menacing, 6-foot-9 presence from the paint to the perimeter is a big reason unbeaten Golden State is closing in on its second championship in three years. Kevin Durant has been sublime, Steph Curry has been nearly equally as good, and the Cavaliers have not been able to be competitive for more than two quarters in a game.

The move that Curry put on LeBron was the move of the postseason.

Just when it seemed the Warriors couldn't get more scary for teams to face, they unveiled a new wrinkle in Game 2: deploying Durant at center after Green got into foul trouble in the third quarter.

It was a stunning display of one of the best handles in the game, and the momentary touch of the ball by that second off hand does not diminish it. "It makes for entertaining basketball".

In the first two Finals games, he's averaging 35.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.5 blocks, while shooting 56 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

"I've gotten better, and 2013 is when I feel I really turned the corner as a defender". If you don't win, and someone says he is the best player in the world, what do you get from that?

"I have the same confidence level I've had since I started playing this game", Smith said. To me it's a miracle that it's even a possibility.

Thompson continued his fine defence on Irving as well.

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