With the way Game 2 played out, basketball fans around the world may just be a bit worried.
No, they won’t be worried about the action they will be getting. It’s the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. There’s always plenty of action to go along with every game.
But what may be worrisome for fans of the game is the way in which the best-of-seven series is headed, especially with GSW taking Game 2 and the manner in which they dominated the game. Steve Kerr’s men led Game 2 from start to finish, at other times giving the Cavs no room to breathe and forcing them to play their own way.
As usual, it was all about an all-round team play from the Warriors. Steph Curry may have stolen the spotlight with his record nine 3s made on the night but he didn’t single-handedly brush aside the Cleveland Cavaliers. He had help from his teammates, with Kevin Durant contributing 26 points, Klay Thompson having 20 and the team’s surprising choice as a starting center, JaVale McGee, scoring 12.
Lebron James is still cutting a lonely figure for the team from Cleveland.
His eye injury may have affected his play and he wasn’t as dominant as he was in Game 1. But he still managed to get 29 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds in a game where Cleveland pulled its starters with more than four minutes remaining in the fourth.
Game 3 will be played at the Quicken Loans Arena, the home court of Cleveland Cavaliers. And if the stats are anything to go by, the Cavs will be happy to be playing an NBA Final in front of their home crowd.
In their last 12 games played on home court, the Cavs have only lost twice. Eight of those 12 games saw Lebron James and co score over 100 points.
This is not the only reason the Cavs have to be happy. Another reason is the Golden State Warriors’ poor away form.
In the last 12 games the Warriors have played away from their home court, they have lost six of those games, only managing to score over 100 points in two of those games.
Head-to-head numbers between the two teams while playing at the Quicken Loans Arena is still in the Cavs’ favor. The last 5 meetings between these two franchises in Cleveland has seen Tyronn Lue’s men win three times.
But this is the NBA Finals, an entirely different ball game. When the referee tips off, all stats take a back-seat and it comes down to the players and their hunger.
When push comes to shove in Game 3, which of these two teams do you think will take Game 3? Will it be the beginning of a Cavs comeback or will the Warriors continue their rampage?
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