Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Durant's big night puts Warriors in command vs. Cavaliers

Durant's big night puts Warriors in command vs. Cavaliers

Stephen Curry, who missed 13 of his first 14 shots, conncted on a layup and 3-pointer back-to-back to give Golden State the lead for good.

Now with their backs against the wall, LeBron will need to guide his team to four-straight victories if he wants to win his fourth championship. "You know if you relax, they make you pay, and making you pay could cost you a game", James said. "But we have confidence in JR, and he's just got to continue taking his shots". And past year, the Warriors trailed by six with 3:09 left before storming back to win 118-113 in Game 3. To the outside world, getting this far constitutes a successful season no matter how this series plays out.

James was sensational in the two losses to Golden State on the road in Oakland but despite scoring 51 points in game one and having a near triple double in game two, he has mostly been a one-man army against the deep and talented Warriors squad. Kevin Durant was my answer. I think that's important.

But then Kevin Durant delivered what ABC play-by-play man Mike Breen called "a masterpiece", and the Warriors are now on the brink of a series sweep.

As Cleveland goes down 2-0 to the Warriors in this year's NBA Finals the talk of James' teammates are once again becoming the topic to help explain the losing.

After they wasted a 51-point effort by James - with a reversed official's call, missed free throw by George Hill and bone-headed move from J.R. Smith - and let Game 1 slip away in overtime, and following Stephen Curry's 3-point barrage in Game 2, the Cavs are faced with the reality that their season, odd as it has been to this point, is in serious jeopardy. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. They play best when they are doubted. He pointed out that Cleveland's players did a poor job of switching on screens to defend Curry and the Warriors' other shooters. There still seemed to be a spark in the Cavaliers' locker room after Game 2, is that enough to ignite the fuel on a home court? Cleveland went on to drop the match against the Golden State Warriors in overtime.

One thing both teams know well - being down doesn't rattle LeBron and the Cavs.

And while the brilliant Irving has left the Cavs, they are stronger in some areas compared to 2016.

The next two days will be angst-laden for Cleveland, though hardly anyone should be fretting the outcome of this series.

"We feel like we feed off our crowd", Love said on Sunday night. We really get up to play at home.

Usually the Cavs are in such situations.

Lue wants more physical toughness and better communication on the defensive side, especially guarding Curry.

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