NBA Finals 2017 Game 2

After getting blown out in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were not distraught nor did they feel overwhelmed. However, and this is where it gets interesting, in last year's Finals the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors 115-66 in fast-break points.

Even then it might not be enough. We walked in the coaches" locker room, and he goes, "Mike, look in my locker.' And I just shook my head and I said, 'Steve, look at mine.' You know?

Kerr has very much stayed involved with the Warriors through this odyssey. Off the court the addition has had a ripple effect.

The Warriors have come under a certain level of criticism this year based on their signing of free-agent star Kevin Durant this past offseason. Durant has picked things up from Curry.

This Warriors team is truly one of the greatest teams every assembled.

Opponents have been clutching/grabbing/smacking/bumping Curry for the past three seasons (or more).

"We had a lot of unforced turnovers", LeBron added. Stunningly (to me anyway), 80% of Spurs fans want Lebron's new team to win the championship.

"Even though it's an empty gym after practice, a something like Game 36 of the regular season, it's the same process". You can't go into the game saying, 'Oh, KD is going to have six driving lanes to the rim and where don't get touched and he dunks. "You got to really get out here and get a chance to do it firsthand". That identity and that kind of expectation has been established from day one. "We just need to execute them", Love said. I think the complimentary guys have to have an impact of some fashion because they were pretty much nonexistent in Game 1. You can see the difference.

Today's National Basketball Association isn't the sort of league where someone is going to egregiously foul Durant or any other Warrior to send some sort of foolish overly physical message, nor should it be.

Not to be outdone, Kevin Durant is stuffing the stat sheet as well. He was well aware of Curry's status in the game and his talents and like any good professional viewed it as an opportunity to improve his own game.

Here we go: Game 2 of the NBA Finals has started. Some teams genuinely want an up-and-down game. Not if you ask them.

"Yesterday, we had a guy come in and place a couple six-figure [money-line] bets on the Cavs [to win Game 2]", Jeff Stoneback, assistant manager of MGM race and sports, told ESPN on Sunday morning. He's like a robot.

"I got a promotion when I got to the 30s", James said. "And it is with him".

"The narrative and people writing articles and things like that, I don't care". So, I know we can play better. "We talked about it all year long".

JM: Speaking of not watching, what do you think of some pundits calling out the National Basketball Association for having "boring" or "unwatchable" playoffs with so many blowouts. They believe, despite the final score, that they aren't that far off from being able to be the first team all playoffs to truly threaten the Warriors.

"The biggest thing is these guys do a great job of thinking big picture", Brown said.

The hard truth is that LeBron James and his Cavaliers are in deep trouble.

"Be himself", he said and that was all.

James and Durant dap each other up before the Game 1 tip-off.

"After Game 1, Cleveland can play better". The Cavs will have to do something different in Game Two if Curry plays ball-screens the same way - and Curry will likely do so until the Cavs force him to do something different.

"So, I'm excited and it's good to be back". Klay Thompson shot terribly (though often), and the Warriors missed many shots they normally make.

"They were really good on both sides, being in attack mode - whether it was playing downhill [on offense] or on the defensive end pushing us out, making the catches tough for us", Love said. The Warriors outscored the Cavs in all four quarters. And I think that's part of why the league has been so popular.