Will LeBron bounce back? Predictions for Game 2 of the NBA Finals

  • Will LeBron bounce back? Predictions for Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Will LeBron bounce back? Predictions for Game 2 of the NBA Finals

The best-of-seven series now shifts to Cleveland for two games, with Game 3 Wednesday.

After leading by three at halftime, the Warriors used a huge third quarter to extend the lead to 14, and continued to build for a 132-113 victory at Oracle Arena in Oakland. KD also became the first player with at least 38 points and no turnovers in a Finals game since Shaquille O'Neal did so with 41 points on June 19, 2000. For the truest measure of how seriously the Warriors are taking these Finals, of how sick and exhausted they are of hearing about a vanishing 3-1 lead, of how committed they are to obliterating Cleveland, look past the gaudy numbers - 38 points for Kevin Durant, six threes for Curry - and focus on a slice of absurdity: The Warriors committed only four turnovers.

After getting blown out in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers were not distraught nor did they feel overwhelmed.

The situation looked equally bleak past year.

Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.

"We have to stop the ball", Lue said. I know I've grown as a player just through experience from the last five years, but if I don't go out there and execute, none of that matters. But we've still got to play.

The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland - seven more than this year. Two years ago they lost Game 1, and rallied to win Game 2, without Kyrie and Kevin Love.

"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said.

"They're going to make tough shots, so you've got to just keep pressing, sticking to the game plan but focus what's in front of you".

That collective defensive effort saw the Cavs shoot just 34.9 percent as team, well below their postseason average of 49.5 percent that's tied with the Warriors for the league's best.

"We play that same game in Cleveland, there's no way we win", said Kerr.

"Steve's a fighter and for him to be out there when he has a built-in excuse not to because of the incredible pain he's under, it's awesome", Klay Thompson said after the game. "But they're a team you cannot - you can't let them go on runs".

"That's what they do", James said.

Thompson did not have a lot to say about Golden State's concerted effort to neutralize him.

"We were really, really good in that department at just being ourselves, playing Warriors basketball, knowing that there's a lot of talent out on the floor", said Curry, who had 28 points and 10 assists.

Here are the three things to watch, and what the Cavaliers need to improve, if they are going to steal game 2 on the road.

With the addition this season of another potent scorer alongside Stephen Curry in Kevin Durant has made Thompson's offensive production a little less important than it has been in past years.

Even though Cleveland star LeBron James is no fan of the short-sleeved look, it is one that works for the Cavs.

"Well, it's been a great run but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series", Kerr said.