Kevin Durant's menacing defence leads the way for Warriors

Kevin Durant's menacing defence leads the way for Warriors

Kevin Durant's menacing defence leads the way for Warriors

Durant's scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven't trailed after the first quarter in either game. "You know you have to do something pretty special to score". They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.

On KNBR 1050's The Audible Monday morning, Mychal Thompson, father of Klay and an NBA Champion in his own right with the Showtime Lakers, joined the show to talk about the historical significance of Golden State's current run. Through two games, Thompson has been rendered unplayable: 8 points and 8 rebounds total. Harrison Barnes, the player Durant replaced in the Warriors' lineup, scored 65 for the whole series.

Every other game has been a blowout, and the Finals have been no different.

To wit: the Warriors have outscored Cleveland by nine points in the first two quarters, and by 30 in the second half.

It's a safe bet that Lue is going to be putting in the kind of hours only football coaches normally put in watching film before Game 3 on Wednesday. But given what happened last season when the trophy got wrenched from their grasp, they're not resting on their laurels.

"They're anxiously watching and supporting and cheering for our team, so I'm really lucky and feel very privileged to represent my country".

Curry provided the coach more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after Kerr had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime.

"That's why he prepared the staff the way he did in his absence, and he came back and we just wanted to keep the ball rolling". He apparently learned from his mistakes of past year, when his firebrand ways blazed so hot he found himself suspended for Game 5. "I just relaxed tonight, and took good shots in rhythm. Implore them to win it for me because it's not important for them to win it for themselves". "We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better".

"My confidence has never dwindled, lacked, chipped, nothing. I wouldn't be in this if I was thinking just one game". Curry recorded his first career postseason triple-double with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, while Durant contributed 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and five blocks and is suddenly on the cusp of his first ring.

So while the Cavs cling to hope based on what they did before, the problem is what else do the Cavs have up their sleeves against a team now powered by Durant that has been unbeatable in the playoffs. "And, to me, that usually indicates that the ball's going to go in".

"Right now, it means nothing", James said minutes after the defeat. Steve Kerr is a guy I respected even before he started coaching. "But you hate to continue to put yourself in these positions". They've already set the National Basketball Association record for longest playoff winning streak at 14, and tied Mario Lemieux's 1993 Pittsburgh Penguins for consecutive playoff wins in any major North American sport.

If they were to go 16-0, might they go down as the best team in National Basketball Association history?

No less a basketball IQ than LeBron James wasn't prepared to say which way was best to knock some wind out of this juggernaut Warriors team.

But after being so close a year ago and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be.

"Sure, he wants to do better, but we're not anxious about it".

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