The Cleveland Cavaliers lost Game 2 of the NBA Finals to The Golden State Warriors with a 113-132 final score. Steph Curry (GS) had 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Kevin Durant (GS) had 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists. Klay Thompson (GS) had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist. LeBron James (CLE) had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 14 assists. Kevin Love (CLE) had 27 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals. Kyrie Irving (CLE) had 19 points, 7 assists, and 2 steals.
The growing question is that will the Cavaliers get swept or is this the beginning of another comeback victory by the Cavs like they did last year. It becomes difficult to compare this year to last year because of Kevin Durant. In Game 1 of the Finals, Durant made history by scoring 38 points in an NBA Finals game with no turnovers. The only other two people in NBA history to do it this well were Shaquille O’Neal, who scored 41 points without a turnover, and Michael Jordan, who scored 37 points without a turnover.
Commentators have suggested that the Cavaliers cannot beat a Golden State team that has Kevin Durant in it. The Cavs already had a tough time playing the Warriors last year and now have to deal with Kevin Durant as well, who will go down as one of the best players to ever play the game. In tonight’s game, not only was Kevin Durant playing well, but Klay Thompson became a factor after not contributing in Game 1.
Although Durant couldn’t break such records in tonight’s game, records were still broken. First, the Warriors set an NBA record for the most consecutive playoff wins, breaking the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers’ record of 13 straight wins by getting their 14th straight win in game 2. The warriors are two games away from being the only team in NBA history to be undefeated in the playoffs. Second, this was the first time in NBA history that two opposing players in the Finals had triple doubles. Both Steph Curry and LeBron James had triple doubles tonight.
If the next games come down to who has the most talent on the team, the Warriors should win. Will the Warriors sweep the Cavs? It now seems more possible than ever. Fortunately for the Cavs, they have home court advantage for the next two games. Although Kevin Love really stepped up his game tonight, the Cavs will need Kyrie Irving to also step up his game at home. Although it can be easy to count out the Cavs after a second loss, this is the NBA Finals and these are the two best teams in the league. With these teams, anything can still happen.