Things turned out OK for the Cavs in 2016.
"You understand the things that you can't control, they're just kind of boneheaded plays", he said. "All it is is just winning a championship and doing what you need to do to get that done". But you know it's definitely possible.
Smith drained a 3-pointer for the series' first basket, but hasn't scored since.
Is that a product of LeBron being exhausted or a product of the fact that both games have been blowouts?
In real time, Cleveland's two losses in Oakland looked lopsided, but Irving said the tape revealed some positives. Harrison Barnes, the player Durant replaced in the Warriors' lineup, scored 65 for the whole series. Durant has been the best player in the series, fantastic on defense and provided more offense in two games than Barnes did in seven. Game 2 was a bit better but more of the same.
"LeBron is a great player, but KD is great", Green said, via ESPN.com. "He's done that throughout his career, so we'll see what type of adjustments they make". In Game 2, the Warriors committed 20 turnovers, James had a triple-double, and the Cavaliers still lost by 19. And I thought that gave them confidence, gave their crowd confidence. It sounds insane as hell to think that they would even contemplate moving one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association. And Pluto says the Cavs supporting cast of stars such as J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and Kyle Korver - have not stepped up. The guard finished with six points, four rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes off the bench, shooting only one-of-six from the field.
If Games 1 and 2 are any indication, everybody who takes the court for the Warriors in Game 3 of these Finals will bring the appropriate level of concentration.
"I don't think either is out here playing for the title of best player in the world", he said. "It is making me exhausted!" "They went up big right away so we've got to be ready for that initial force". "She told me every time I touch it, shoot it".
"My confidence has never dwindled, lacked, chipped, nothing". After two games, he's got a grand total of 43 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. They've won their first 14 games and, and lead the Cavaliers 2-0 in the NBA Finals.
"We play at our pace", James said. I'm a big fan of Thompson's game, and, to be candid, wouldn't move him.
"I operate under the assumption that our guys know what to do and they know their system", Golden State assistant and defensive specialist Ron Adams said. "But you hate to continue to put yourself in these positions".
All of that to say: The league is always shifting and as the Warriors' core ages into its 30s, and the core groups of other teams enter their primes, Golden State will still be favored, but might not sweep its way through the postseason easily. With a win in Game 3 they would pass the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins for the most consecutive playoff wins by any major professional sports team. The Warriors are two wins from sweeping all four rounds, including the last one, against the defending champs.
"We want 15-0", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before practice Tuesday. Are we 14-0 right now? We literally have never once mentioned 16-0. To me it's a miracle that it's even a possibility.
Guess that happens when you're down 0-2. "That's the important lesson, not any historical benchmarks or anything like that".