Sunday, June 05, 2016

Game 2 - Bay Blitz

Unfortunately for Cleveland, NBA games aren't twelve minutes long. The Cavs actually held the lead after the first following a competitive first quarter. When Harrison Barnes accidentally elbowed Kevin love in the back of the head, the competitive phase of Game 2 ended quickly.

Golden State shot over 50% from the field and 45.5% from three point land. The starters and the bench played well. Draymond Green led the team with 28 points on 5-8 from three point range. He added 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Listed at 6'7", he played center for an extended period of time during the game. Stephan Curry added 18 and Klay Thompson came in with 17.

Cleveland didn't help themselves offensively either. The Cavs shot 35.4% from the field and 21.7% from long distance. LeBron scored 19, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished 9 assists, but shot only 7 for 17. The rest of the Cavs were worse. Kyrie Irving's 10 points were two less than Richard Jefferson- the veteran came off the bench to finish second on the team in scoring. J.R. Smith has been M.I.A. during Finals thus far and Tristan Thompson grabbed only 5 rebounds.

The Warriors were up eight at the half and took control in the second half. Golden State was off to the races early in the third and the Cavs had no answer.

Golden State won 110-77 to take a 2-0 lead. Last year, Cleveland captured homecourt in Game 2 in Oakland and went up 2-1 in Game 3 without the services of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Since Golden State's main guys are the same, either Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov are better than Irving and Love, or there's another reason for their disappointing performance int heis year's Finals... perhaps coaching.

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