Will the Warriors take a second game in Oracle?

    by dustan.copeland on June 4th, 2017

    Before we get started, let me make one thing clear: This series is far from over. Remember the 2016 NBA Finals? Golden State won the first two games in Oakland, including a 33-point win in Game 2. Cleveland won Game 3 by 30 points and went on to win the series. If these were two different teams, then I wouldn’t let last year impact my commentary. But, alas, we are witnessing a third series between the Warriors and Cavaliers. Past series should be noted, which means that we’ve got to consider that LeBron rarely wins Game 1’s. We have to consider that blowouts like the one we saw on Thursday are common between these squads (rarely is the final score less than ten points between them).

    So, don’t count the Cavs out just yet. This series very easily can turn around, and that shift in power can occur as early as tonight. Here’s how tonight’s Game 2 of the NBA Finals is shaping up.

    CAVALIERS VS WARRIORS

    Okay, so with all of the defending I just did of the Cavs, there were some glaring holes in Game 1. They just couldn’t stop the Steph and KD. Klay Thompson may have struggled on offense, but the guy played some stifling defense. Cleveland couldn’t knock down any threes and struggled with drawing fouls down low. LeBron James scored 28 points, dished out 8 assists, pulled down 15 rebounds, and had 2 blocks. Those aren’t bad stats, but James also had 8 turnovers. In fact, the entire Cavs team struggled with turnovers. Their total of 20 turnovers was a real difference-maker as Golden State only tallied 4 total, tying a Finals record for least TO’s.

    Another obstacle that Cleveland will have to overcome is Kevin Durant. They have to figure out how to stop KD and prevent him from putting up 38 points like he did in Game 1. I understand that Golden State has a lot of options, but Durant is arguably the best scorer in the league and must be a top priority for the Cavs. Let Kyrie Irving worry about Steph—after all, Kyrie has done a decent job at guarding Curry in the past. Put Love or LeBron on Durant. Double team him occasionally. Bottom line is that if KD plays like this every game, then the Cavs don’t have a chance.

    And, honestly, that’s how I see Game 2 going. I doubt it will be as much of a blowout as Game 1, but the Cavs still have to figure things out before they can get a win in this series. As LeBron James said in his postgame interview, Kevin Durant brings a whole new set of problems for the Cavs.

    Warriors win, 113-102.

     Filed under: Sports, NBA Basketball, Finals, Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers

    16 Comments

    Prince: I hope the Cavs step up to
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 15:16

    I hope the Cavs step up to the plate today but I don't think it will happen. Warriors have home advantage.

    Messi: Warriors are favored to win.
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 15:20

    Warriors are favored to win. I hope they cover the spread. I think its very possible after what they did on game 1.

    tony.martinez: Win and cover again at home.
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 16:06

    Win and cover again at home. The Warriors looked to strong and getting this game at -9 seems to be just a great value.

    slayer: Yes and I think they will do
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 19:10

    Yes and I think they will do it. Warriors are on fire.

    Brandon0888: It will be a good game either
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 19:27

    It will be a good game either way. I just hope the Cavs take the win so that the Championship will be exciting.

    rebel D: I think the Cavaliers will
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 20:36

    I think the Cavaliers will bring down the house with a win.

    NoChill: I hate to say it but the
    Sun, 06/04/2017 - 23:39

    I hate to say it but the Warriors are favored to win. They are in their hometown and they probably will take it again in game 2.

    rebel D: What a boring game . The
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 18:26

    What a boring game . The Warriors were just running all over the Cavs. I hope they step it up next time they need to make it worthwhile.

    dubbydubdub: I am hoping from a comeback
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 19:25

    I am hoping from a comeback from the Cavaliers on the next game. It needs to flare up so that it can go to game 7.

    Jesusinspirit: Warriors were good but I
    Mon, 06/05/2017 - 23:54

    Warriors were good but I think the Cavs will make a comeback in the 3rd game.

    pokerman: I am glad my Warriors are
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 00:04

    I am glad my Warriors are winning. I hope they take the Championship home.

    vlade.mikas: Line still holding at -3.
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 13:36

    Line still holding at -3. There is tremendous value in this line. Though some think the Cavs will win game 3 outright, the value here is just too much to pass on.

    pokoracle: The Warriors are favored to
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:40

    The Warriors are favored to win. I hope they don't take game 3 though because then it will just be a disappointing 2017 Championship altogether.

    rebel D: I think the Warriors will
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 17:59

    I think the Warriors will cover the spread. I don't think the Cavaliers will win the 3rd game. Warriors are just on fire.

    pokerman: I think my Warriors will take
    Tue, 06/06/2017 - 19:35

    I think my Warriors will take game 3. I hate to see it but the Cavaliers don't seem to be doing much.

    junglefever: I hope the Cavaliers can make
    Wed, 06/07/2017 - 00:43

    I hope the Cavaliers can make a comeback tomorrow. I want to see more games in the near future I am not ready for it to end.

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