Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, drives on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.
James is performing so well in the Finals that in Game 2, he tied Magic Johnson for most triple-doubles in Finals' history.
Golden State held an identical series lead in 2016 when the championship series shifted to Cleveland but split the two games there and then went on to become the first team to lose an NBA Finals after building a 3-1 advantage. When asked about Thompson's minutes Lue repeatedly said "I think to beat this team, you have to score the basketball" and so he wanted more offense out there.
Two games into the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers face a set of seemingly unsolvable problems. I don't expect that to happen this year, but Cleveland should come out much stronger.
The sixth-year big man has had great success against the Warriors in the past - grabbing double-digit boards in all six contests back in 2015, averaging 13.0 boards per and doubling up in each of the final four games. Through two games Tristan Thompson has just eight points and eight rebounds, Kyle Korver has 8 points total, and Deron Williams has yet to score at all.
It's a must-win Game 3 for the home team, though. I also agree with ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy' s assessment during Game 2, that the high level of ballhandling, passing and shot-making exhibited in this series so far has been unparalleled.
As Kerr walked onto the court, he was met with a standing ovation from the fans and hugs from Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue and Cavaliers forward LeBron James.
Both Durant and Thompson said they noticed the mental effect their lightning-quick scoring bursts have on opponents.
On the other hand, the Warriors are 14-0 so far in the postseason and with the addition of Kevin Durant, pose a much different threat than past year, making 16-0 a real possibility. If they step up, they can and will win, but if these four players continue their lackluster player, expect another blowout loss even at home.
There has been a narrative as we conclude this NBA season of the 2017 Playoffs being incredibly uneventful with these two dominant teams cruising in to the NBA Finals.
They are averaging almost 119 points and winning by a record 16.9 per game in the postseason, and they've really picked it up lately.
We've entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1. Maybe he gets some in Game 3.
"Game 3 has been rough for us historically, and especially in this building", Curry said.
Kevin Love has played as well as could be asked of him. Moving him sooner rather than later gives the Warriors added financial flexibility in the short-term and long-term.