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No change: Cavs not slowing, sticking to plan vs. Warriors

No change: Cavs not slowing, sticking to plan vs. Warriors”

"So if Kev is getting the offensive rebound instead of me, it's still a win for us".

LeBron James has taken on the role of Atlas, not just for his team, but for a league hoping against hope the NBA Finals will redeem a boring playoff season. They're still watching in near-record numbers, with Games 1 and 2 boasting the highest TV ratings for the openers of an NBA Finals since 1998. The NBA's 15th-best rebounder in the regular season with 9.2 per game has been checked to just eight total rebounds in the first two games.

Cleveland must limit Golden State's possessions and to turn as many of them as possible into one-shot situations. "This is where the series changed a year ago, so we're just trying to think about the next game". He remains the best player in the world, and if there is any basketball mind capable of solving the Warriors, if that answer even exists, it would be James.

Somehow, the Cavaliers have to change all that. One win at home kept them in the series long enough to come from behind and erase a 3-1 deficit to win the finals previous year.

The Warriors have won an NBA-record 14 straight playoff games and are threatening to become the first champion in league history to go through a playoff run undefeated.

They are averaging almost 119 points and winning by a record 16.9 per game in the postseason, and they've really picked it up lately.

Durant and Green have set the tone all season on the defensive end, establishing an intensity and toughness - and the rest of the Warriors had no choice but to do more during Durant's 19-game absence this spring with a knee injury. "That's how we've got to play".

"He's a reason why we're able to be who we are", Warriors teammate Shaun Livingston said.

With a loaded lineup and enough hot hands to fill an octopus, the Warriors don't need to rely on any one player to take a lot of shots.

"They're doing a good job sending two, three guys to box me out", Thompson said. "But we're playing smaller and we're playing Draymond at the five more, and it's forcing me to guard bigger guys".

The Cavaliers played better Sunday than in Game 1, and it was still a 132-113 loss.

For fans that can't travel to Cleveland to watch the Golden State Warriors take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in Games 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals, the Warriors have them covered.

"They're a different team", James said. "It's not like you're trying to put two dominant ball handlers together who can't shoot".

The Warriors had just four turnovers in Game 1 - a figure James alone doubled - but that increased to 20 on Monday, with Kerr making it clear he will not accept a repeat performance when the series continues at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday.

They embraced the chase past year but said Tuesday that they're not thinking at all about 16-0.

However, Durant's presence is a significant difference this time around as the series shifts to Cleveland on Wednesday for Game 3. "So to give ourselves a chance at even coming close to thinking about that". "He looked like he was in tune, like he was focused not like upset about stuff, because he can't control everything, but only what he can do", said Leonard Golson, San Francisco resident.



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