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Golden: Durant's dominance has made NBA Finals a mismatch

Vera Richards | 08 June, 2017, 01:27

And, in Game 2, he managed to acquire his third triple double, which tied Magic Johnson, 57, for the most in NBA Finals history.

The Cavaliers have tried to go to the well of what worked last Finals and got them a ring - dragging Stephen Curry into pick-and-rolls to force a switch, then go at him (and do the same thing with Zaza Pachulia) - but the Warriors have been wonderful at sniffing that out, recovering or pre-switching, plus they have had Draymond Green or Kevin Durant or Pachulia backing it all up as a backstop.

Its easy to say the Warriors later proved too hot to handle in the second half of Game 2.

"We have an opportunity to protect home and if we do that, we'll put ourselves back in the series", James said. We play our game. We got to this point playing our way.

Kerr said neither Curry nor Durant are ball-dominant players, which served them both well once they started playing on the same team. The Warriors won the first two games of the series handily against the Cleveland Cavaliers, like they did a year ago.

"I don't know", he said.

While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson's record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn't gotten almost enough help. "So we just got to stay locked in like we have been", USA Today quoted Green as saying.

More help from his teammates would go a long way too.

Ex-Newcastle player Tiote dies after collapsing in training
He was also part of the Ivory Coast squad who delivered the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after a 23-year drought. Tiote's talent was spotted by Anderlecht officials, who signed him in 2005 on a three-year contract.

But the Warriors had the answer as sharp-shooting guard Stephen Curry stepped up with a triple-double of his own - 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, while also committing eight turnovers. "We know what to expect from that standpoint".

"They've been out there talking a lot about trying to keep a body on him, a couple of bodies on him", James said. "We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better. He missed some chippies - ones he's so accustomed to making". In Games 5-7 he averaged 36.3 points per game.

Little, if anything, has gone right for the Cavs, who have won one quarter in the two games. "That's one thing I need to correct going into Game 3, give ourselves more possessions, and good things will happen", he said.

Another hint that King James didn't let the Game 2 loss shake him, was his post-game interview on June 4.

Not that the Warriors needed another advantage to make Cleveland feel that much worse about itself, but previously struggling shooting guard Klay Thompson appears to have snapped out of that funk in Game 2.

Now, Golden State is headed to Northeast Ohio needing just two more - yet don't count on anybody considering this series close to done. It makes you try to pressure the ball more. We understand how unsafe they are. Harrison Barnes, the guy he replaced, scored 65 in seven Finals games in 2016. Durant has recorded 71 in only two games.

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