Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

Throughout the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the Cavaliers have lost just once on their home floor, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, and over the last two years, they have experienced defeat at Quicken Loans Arena on just two occasions.

"The intention is to coach tonight and the rest of the series", said Kerr, who last coached in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against Portland on April 19. Kevin Durant (33 points, 13 rebounds and six assists) was brilliant for the second straight game, and Stephen Curry played through some ugly turnovers to chip in the first postseason triple-double of his career (32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds).

James was equally spectacular with his own triple-double of 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, but yet again didn't get almost enough help to keep up with the Warriors' depth. They were not facing a team with Kevin Durant, or a healthy Steph Curry, or a Draymond Green who hadn't piled up so many flagrant fouls he stood on the verge of a suspension. He signed with the Warriors March 2 after being waived by the Kings, who needed his roster spot to accommodate the three players acquired in the DeMarcus Cousins trade with New Orleans.

"That's what they do", James said.

Asked if he relished the rare chance to go one on one with James, Curry said, "You don't get into one-on-one matchups, especially on this stage because you get distracted from how you're supposed to be playing. So we got to just keep going, man, keep our foot on the gas and keep getting better every day".

The hosts were the better side in the first quarter of the Sunday game and led 40-34 at the end of it. "There is a lot of work for us left to do. We play that same game in Cleveland, there's no way we win".

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The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. On ABC's broadcast of the game, LeBron James threw down a thunderous dunk over Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee when the pop star walked past the broadcast team. With the series shifting back to Cleveland, I expect the Cavs come out firing thanks to better play from their role players like JR Smith and Tristan Thompson, but unfortunately I just don't think it'll be enough.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been almost invisible and the bench has offered little help. It would be a mistake to dismiss Cleveland.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an National Basketball Association record with 14 straight postseason wins.

"We're different", Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said.

As the Warriors insisted their focus would not relent, the Cavaliers drew on their experience past year. We've been here. The guys that were here a year ago understand it's the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we've got two more games to go.

  • Tabitha Byrd