ABC is off and running with NBA Finals

Posted June 07, 2017

(AP Photo/Ben Margot). Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, drives on Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Sunday's game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers was played at a ridiculous pace that resulted in more possessions than any Finals game in the NBA's modern statistical era dating back to 1991. But to say we're up 2-0, we're good, like we still got two more games to win and those two will be way harder than the first two.

The Warriors have been constantly reminded how quickly a series can turn.

The Warriors have dominated the third quarter in both games and built a big lead the Cavaliers could not threaten, a script Irving said the Cavs must rewrite to win. That's a 33-point swing (90-57) in favour of Golden State.

Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-seven series will be played at The Q on June 7 and June 9, respectively.

"I don't remember how I felt past year being down 2-0". "I think "KD" is like a created player". Smith brings the Cavs better overall two-way play than Iman Shumpert, but they might have to go that route more often if Smith continues to struggle.

"Do things - I don't want to say differently because you work so hard to get to this point - but make a couple of changes to see if we can be a lot better defensively and offensively".

Kevin Durant has been so good in the NBA Finals, he has overshadowed the back-to-back reigning MVP.

But the most important new member, the team's new superstar, Durant, can identify with what the Warriors went through.

Do James & Co. really think they can win playing right into the Warriors' preferred style of place?

Being two games away from a historic 16-0 postseason record doesn't provide any feeling of relief of accomplishment for the Warriors.

Durant and Green have set the tone all season on the defensive end, establishing an intensity and toughness - and the rest of the Warriors had no choice but to do more during Durant's 19-game absence this spring with a knee injury.

I'm of the mind that, as Golden State cements its status as a world-historic force capable of playing basketball at an unspeakably high level, the ceaseless criticism will give way to awe.

We're past the point of the Warriors' defensive prowess being an underrated aspect of their success.

Jerry Bembry, Senior NBA Writer for The Undefeated, joined Ed and Rob to talk about the Warriors and Cavaliers battling in the NBA Finals. "Running around with Steph and chasing Klay [Thompson] and chasing Steph and constantly having to be on alert, it takes a lot of out of you offensively".

"If I had to look at it from the outside looking in, I would be willing to bet that both of them would rather have a title than that title".

"That's a year ago and I don't even know that feeling anymore", James said.

Last season, the Cavs won Game 3 by 30 points.

"We just have to take care of the basketball", Lue said. "And we have done a great job of getting everyone involved and making sure that everyone feels comfortable, but now we need everything and everybody".

"It was a question mark for some people going into the season, losing (Andrew) Bogut and some other guys", general manager Bob Myers said.