June 4, 2017, 9:30 pm
Game 2 of the NBA Finals took place on Sunday night with the Cavs looking to square up the series before returning home for Games 3 and 4. While this one was a lot closer at the half than in Game 1, the second half belonged to the Dubs as they took control and ended up running away with this one for their second 19-point win of the series and a 2-0 series lead heading to Cleveland. With a recap of all the action and with Kanye West playing in the background, here’s Monday’s Daily Dish.
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WARRIORS 132, CAVS 113 (NBA FINALS GAME 2)
The greatest off-season acquisition from last summer is now on full display as Kevin Durant has taken his game to another level. Not only has he been great offensively but he has been quite impressive on the defensive end as well, even playing at the five spot in tonight’s game. Durant scored a game-high 33 points on 13-of-22 from the field to go along with 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals, five blocks and four triples. Had this been a regular season game it would have been a fantasy line for the ages. Durant is only the third player in NBA history to score at least 25 points in his first seven NBA Final appearances. He’s been a catalyst on both ends of the floor and if he continues to play at this high level this series will be over in four. Enjoy this gem below from Game 2.
— NBA (@NBA) June 5, 2017
Not to be outdone Stephen Curry also continued his great play chipping in a triple-double in the win. Curry scored 32 points on 7-of-17 from the field and 14-of-14 from the charity stripe. He added 10 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and four triples although he also committed a game-high eight turnovers in this one. Curry admitted afterwards that the six first half turnovers were on his mind during halftime. Luckily for the Warriors the second half told a completely different story. He also pulled this epic dribbling display on the King.
Stephen Curry doing LeBron James dirty.
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) June 5, 2017
Klay Thompson bounced back from a 3-of-16 shooting display in Game 1 to score 22 points on 8-of-12 from the field. Thompson has taken a lot of heat this season for his shooting slumps but he’s shown his value on the defensive end and also with the way he can stretch the defence out. Thompson added seven rebounds, one assist and four triples in 37 minutes of action. Hopefully Thompson can build some momentum here and continue his strong shooting when the Dubs play in Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Off the bench Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark both scored 10 points combining on 8-of-15 from the field.
LeBron James put up a monster line, matching Stephen Curry’s triple-double. The King scored 29 points on 12-of-18 from the field to go with 11 rebounds, 14 assists (he had 10 at the half) three steals, one block and one triple. He’s played well but it seems that the Warriors end up going on more offensive runs than the Cavs can withstand. Game 3 is in Cleveland on Wednesday night and expect James to come out strong in that one.
Kevin Love had a great game scoring 27 points on 12-of-23 from the field. Love added seven rebounds, two steals and two triples in 30 minutes of action. Love stepped up and provided the secondary scoring that the Cavs require to compete in this series but it wasn’t enough. Love will look to keep it going when the series resumes on Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Kyrie Irving chipped in 19 points but only connected on 8-of-23 from the field. He added two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two triples in the win. Irving will need to be better for the Cavs to have a shot in this series. He did provide this gem in Game 2…sorry Ian Clark!
Kyrie Irving is too good. ?
— Catch The Wave Radio (@TheWavieTeam) June 5, 2017
Draymond Green was limited to 25 minutes in this one with foul trouble. Green scored 12 points and added six rebounds and six assists but will need to refrain from committing silly fouls, especially on the road.
J.R. Smith was invisible in this one again going scoreless on 0-of-2 from the field. Smith was pulled from this one after committing his fourth foul and will need to be more efficient when the series kicks back up on Wednesday night.
Deron Williams had some big moments during the Celtics series but through two games has done very little in this one. He’s not counted on for huge numbers but any scoring off the bench would be a welcome sight for Cavs’ fans.
Tristan Thompson was limited to eight points and four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. It was a better showing than in Game 1 but still not good enough to help the Cavs sneak out a win in Game 2.
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It’s deja-vu all over again as the Cavs return home down 0-2 in the NBA finals. Last year they were able to come back from a 1-3 deficit. The way the Warriors are playing right now, I don’t know if that will be duplicated this year. Game 3 goes Wednesday night.
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