The Golden State Warriors, in the NBA Finals, increased the space between themselves and the Cleveland Cavaliers by taking Game 2.
The game started with both teams staying in touching distance until the Warriors steadily increased the margin in the game.
In Game 1, the main threat was the partnership of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. In Game 2, while Steph and KD racked up 65 points, Klay Thompson joined the fray with a series of three’s from downtown.
The Warriors were just too much for the Cavs, as they pulled away in the second half of Game 2 in Oracle Arena, winning a high-scoring game 132-113.
While playing at home was one huge advantage for Steve Kerr’s men, the other advantage was making so many successful 3-point shots. This was a major factor that won them the game.
Now that they’re 2-0, the world can’t seem to look away from King James and the Cavs. Can Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 3? Well it depends on…
- How they use their home advantage
Golden State Warriors, in the first two games of the series, have played in front of their home crowd. And they’ve made the most of it.
While they’ll be looking to get one over the Cavs on home court, names like K. Irving, LeBron, Love and co. will have to step up and defend the land. Can they pull this off?
- How well they play together
LeBron finished Game 2 with another record broken: another triple-double meant he tied Magic Johnson for the most triple-doubles in NBA Finals history. Another record. High standard.
But, is the rest of the team ready to step up to the level where King James is? LeBron is already unplayable. Names like Kyrie Irving, Shumpert, and Kevin Love will need to step up. The question is not whether they can. The question is, will they?
- How well they counter the 3’s
Durant, Curry and Thompson combined to make and down some treys from way downtown. Sometimes it was a tight shot from a tight spot. Other times, the player was completely unmarked! It was a beauty to behold from the Warriors’ point of view.
But, viewing things from the spectacles of the Cavaliers, it’s the one thing they’ll need to combat to stand any chance of winning Game 3. While they (the Cavs) were more focused on attacking the paint, the Warriors did more damage from outside the arc.
Whatever they do: whether they outscore the Warriors for 3’s or close them down quickly enough to force those shots into turnovers, it’ll go a long way in determining who takes Game 3.
From 204 total match points in Game 1 to 245 in Game 2, there’s been an increase in the total match points. Will it increase even further? Will the Cavs score more points this time around? Will Golden State Warriors win one right under the nose of King James and his friends?
Let’s know what you think. Who are you backing to take Game 3 of the NBA Finals: Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers?Tags: basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, nba, Steph Curry