The talk of Game 2 was how is Cleveland going adjust and come to better prepare for Golden State and their new guy. Yeah, the former MVP and four-time scoring champ Kevin Durant.
It was only a three-point lead with the score at 67-64, advantage Golden State at the half. It was a better game already from the Cavaliers supporting cast. LeBron James poured in 18 points, 10 assists and six rebounds at the half. The hope for a more competitive Game 2 was in sight until the fourth quarter.
Golden State was led by Durant who finished with 33 points, (13-of-22 from the field), 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and five blocks. Stephen Curry was the runner-up behind Durant as he finished with 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. Both members of the Warriors continue to dominate their opponents as the Warriors are now 14-0 in the postseason.
While Klay Thompson struggled in the postseason Game 2 was a bit of a coming out party. Thompson finished with 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. He would connect on 4-of-7 three-point attempts.
The Warriors biggest lead was 22 points as they held the Cavaliers to 45-percent shooting (27-percent from three). The ironic part of Game 2 is that the turnover battle was won by Cleveland who finished with only nine turnovers. The Warriors finished with 20 turnovers but connecting on 18-of-43 three-point shots helped negate the mishandling of the ball.
Cavaliers Guard, Kyrie Irving struggled in Game 2 as he finished with 19 points on 8-of-23 from the field. Kevin Love finished with 27 points and seven rebounds. The Cavalier bench was able to score 30 points tonight with Kyle Korver leading all bench players with eight points. J.R. Smith continues to struggle as he only played 13 minutes and was held scoreless after shooting 0-of-2 from the field.
Coincidently, the Cavaliers were down 0-2 heading back to Cleveland last year on June 5th, 2016. Fast forward to present day and the Cavaliers are now going back to Cleveland, advantage Golden State in the same fashion.
Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr returned to the sidelines Sunday night after missing most of the postseason due to complications from his back surgery.
Game 3 is in Cleveland on Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 9 PM EST on ABC.