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NBA Finals Game 2

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NBA Finals Game 2

Heading in to game 2 of the NBA Finals there were many questions to be answered. 

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers bench compete with the Warriors bench that outscored them 45-10 in game 1?

Can the Cavaliers continue to hold down the scoring of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson?

Can Cleveland manage to steal a game on the road at the Oracle?

Is Steve Kerr’s pinky ok after the game one karate chop that shattered his clip board?

History seemed to be on the side of the Cavaliers heading in.

The last time LeBron James trailed 1-0 in the NBA Finals he went off for 39  points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

Going in to game 2, including the regular season, the Warriors had defeated the Cavaliers 6 straight games, but they had never won 7 in a row.

Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors were less worried about past history and more focused on making history.

Much like game 1 the Golden State Warriors showed up to play in Game 2 also.

The game started off with Kyrie Irving coming out hot and scoring the games first 4 points but throughout the rest of the quarter the Warriors found a way to shut down Kyrie and LeBron James.  Kyrie Irving would not score again until the 7:40 mark of the 3rd quarter, while LeBron James was held scoreless through the first quarter going 0-5 from the field.

In the second quarter both teams came out hot with LeBron scoring his first basket at the 10:40 mark of the second quarter which would get him going, and Draymond Green getting hot from behind the 3pt arc, where he would go 5-8 on the game.

The Cavaliers were dealt a blow when Kevin Love was struck in the head inadvertently by Harrison Barnes with about 5 minutes in the half and would later leave the game with concussion like symptoms.  He is being evaluated and going through the NBA concussion protocol.  His status for game 3 is yet to be determined.

The Cavaliers would make one last run in this game just before the half to pull within 8 points, but the Warriors bench would prove to be to strong once again for Cleveland.

With Steph Curry heading to the bench in the third quarter at the 8 minute mark, with his 4th foul, the Warriors would begin to pull out to a 20 point lead heading into the fourth quarter.

The game would never be close again as the Warriors pulled to their biggest lead of 31 points and the Cavaliers seemed to concede game 2 by taking out their starters and going to the bench. The Warriors would go on to win game 2 and take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals with a 110-77 win.

If you are a Cleveland Cavaliers fan you can take some hope in the fact that they are heading home and there is still a long way to go in this series.  The Warriors did what they were supposed to do and won their home games and now the Cav’s must pull together and do the same.  They only need to steal one game at The Oracle as long as they are able to take care of their home court.

We now know the answers to the questions we had prior to game 2.

No- The Warriors bench was still able to out score the Cavaliers bench. (40-30)

No- The Cav’s were unable to shutdown Curry and Thompson. (Klay had 17 and Curry had 18)

Not yet- The Cavaliers couldn’t steal a game at the Oracle yet, but there is still time.

Yes- Steve Kerr’s pinky appears to be fine (He didn’t break anymore clipboards)

The Cavaliers will fly out on Monday morning and prepare for game 3 where they hope to bounce back and keep this series alive.  I am sure the Cleveland faithful will be in full force for game 3.


NBA Finals Game 2

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•Warriors were +10 in the paint

  • +30 from 3pt range
  • outrebounded the Cav’s by 12
  • LeBron James 8 turnovers