NBA Finals: Warriors take 2-0 series lead

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The Golden State Warriors took care of home court advantage and won Game 2 easily with a final score of 110-77 on Sunday Night in Oakland. The Warriors are now two games away from becoming back-to-back NBA champions. They would be the first accomplish this feat since the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Lakers.

Draymond Green led all scorers with 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while MVP Stephen Curry scored 18 points despite foul trouble. Once the Splash Brothers found their shooting touch, Cleveland couldn’t keep up. They would combine for 35 points on 13-for-24 shooting. Klay Thompson finished with 17 points, five assists and four 3-pointers.

This Warriors victory marks their 87th win of the season which also matches the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, the group Golden State topped for the most regular season victories in NBA history of 73.

The series now shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday night. The Cavaliers have been dominated on both ends of the floor. In two games of the finals, Cleveland has shot 38 percent from the field in game one and 35 percent in game two. Along with bad shooting, the Cavs are now dealing with an injury to star Power Forward Kevin Love. He took an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter and went down for several minutes. Love would try to give it a go in the third quarter but was then placed into the NBA’s concussion protocol. Its uncertain at this time if he’s available for Game 3.

The Warriors were on a 19-2 run before Love’s injury in the second quarter. In the second half they would ultimately seize control by taking a 20 point by the end of the third quarter.

After a scoreless first quarter when he missed all five shots but had five assists, Lebron James scored 14 of his 19 points in the second and also finished with nine assists and eight rebounds but committed seven turnovers in the game. Kyrie Irving finished with just 10 points on 5-for-14 shooting and JR Smith was not a factor once again finishing with five points on 2-for-6 shooting.

In order for Cleveland to at least make this a competitive series, players other than Lebron James need to step up. The players that helped get the Cavs to the finals are not showing up. JR Smith has combined for eight points and 3-for-9 shooting in these past two games. Channing Frye has been a complete non-factor and only played a combined eleven minutes in these finals. The Cavs are getting outworked in all facets of the game. Hopefully the change of scenery helps otherwise we may see our first sweep of the NBA finals since the 2007 Spurs over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

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