Cavaliers aim to turn around Finals like last year

Posted June 09, 2017

For the third year in a row, the NBA Finals features the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers - and to be quite honest it is getting boring as hell.

They take a 2-0 lead over Cleveland into Wednesday's Game 3, just as they did a year ago.

That's been quite evident through two games. "In fact, what often happens is when you go down three games to none, you lose game four because the players themselves know it's over". Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.

He's averaging a triple-double of 28.5 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. A lot of fans are hoping they'll watch the Dubs clinch the title.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he is sticking with shooting guard J.R. Smith in the starting lineup despite his struggles. He also emphasized the pace of the game.

He is a student of the game, a player who has always seen the action a chess move ahead of his opponents and understood what is needed from him and his teammates. Sometimes it's better than other times, but this is the time of year you really need it the most. It was the second time in the postseason they committed at least 20 turnovers, and yet they scored at least 120 points in both games.

"Teams have great nights in this league, and it's the National Basketball Association, so that can happen a lot", Durant said. That's how they feel, so there's a lot of work left for us to do.

When debating best team ever, today's world of perspiring arts sometimes gets caught up in the moment. However, if LeBron can carry this Cavaliers team from 2-0 to another championship, then he, in my humble opinion, jumps two places to become one of the three best players, behind Russell and Jordan, in National Basketball Association history. What the score is, I just play my game. Irving came into the Warriors series on a tear - averaging nearly 25.8 points on 62 percent shooting in the Eastern Conference Finals, including 42 points in Game 4 when James was saddled with foul trouble. "Understanding that not just me and KD, but Klay (Thompson), Draymond (Green), we all can just be ourselves and just play our game and have to over-think or over-complicate anything, really". They're going to switch different guys on Kyrie, and he has to be great 1-on-1.

Though Durant says he did not consider James' precedent, he readily admits, "He paved the way". So at the end of the day, I want to win just as bad as they do.

Even the preparation is not set to change before Game 3, in some ways. Irving finished that game with 25 points, 10 assists, seven steals and six rebounds - a sign of how productive he will need to be for the Cavs to have any success going forward.

"They're going to be excited, the energy's going to be at full tilt", Cavs center Tristan Thompson said.

It's enough to take Draymond Green back to the game on January 17, 2014, when Durant, then a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, torched the Warriors for 54 points. The Warriors are two wins from sweeping all four rounds, including the last one, against the defending champs.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked to delineate his contribution to the Warriors' emergence as a formidable defensive team as well as an offensive juggernaut.