Golden State Warriors beat Cleveland Cavaliers to go 3-0 up

Down by three at the half, it really looked like the Cavaliers might give the Warriors a run for their money in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

LeBron James is not one to shy away from a challenge and on Thursday said he and his Cleveland Cavaliers would not roll over to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals despite the long odds they face. In the summer of 2010, following another disappointing playoff exit, LeBron bailed on Cleveland to take his talents to South Beach and join perennial All-Stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

I had the optimistic, do not sleep on the King, against the grain article ready, but then game two happened.

The Cleveland Cavaliers went toe-to-toe with the Golden State Warriors in for the first time in the 2017 NBA Finals Wednesday night. A lot of the Cavs' players only are able to help out on one end of the floor and they have not been able to find the correct mish-mash of players that are able to effectively play the Warriors on offense and defense. Golden State's point guard is averaging 30 points on just 19.5 field-goal attempts per game, making 10 of his 22 three-pointers. The Cavs have enjoyed more passages of great, championship-caliber basketball than they have bad or even mediocre basketball, and don't stand a goddamn chance. One can expect the likes of James, Love and Kyrie Irving to bring their A game. They had won a league record 73 games in the regular season, besting the total Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls achieved in the 1995-96 season.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: Curry, Durant and Thompson carried the night. "I saw he (James) was playing his heels behind the 3-point line". These two are peaking together and it is special to watch. Starting center Tristan Thompson went scoreless for the second time in the series. Thus far, Kyrie has not been able to live up to those expectations as Klay Thompson's defense has been absolutely fantastic. To put it into perspective, he has eight rebounds to Curry's 16 so far. Smith is having the same problem.

But as Golden State struggled to get past Durant's Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals and then lost to the Cavaliers in the finals, some around the team anxious that Curry was trying to please too many people and was draining himself.

The cold facts don't capture the way Durant silenced a sellout crowd that was tantalized by the possibility of the Cavaliers pulling to within a game of tying the series. Right now they are playing the length of the court, and the Warriors are taking advantage of all the space. You've got to play every game like you're down.

Cleveland SG J.R. Smith has just three points on 1-of-6 shooting in the series but coach Tyronn Lue said on Tuesday that Smith will again start in Game 3. Durant got the accolades. along with his first Finals road victory. In fact, according to Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, the hope was because both players were so hot that at some point they'd get exhausted of carrying their team.