The Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in last nights Game 2 of the NBA Finals by a score of 110-77. Leading the way again for the Warriors was Draymond Green, who put up a game-high 28 points on 11-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three, to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Splash Brothers had a better outing than they did in Game 1, with Steph Curry going for 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 4-of-8 from three, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Klay Thompson scoring 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting and also going 4-of-8 from three, as well as 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
The Cavs were again led by LeBron James, who put up 19 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals, although shooting just 7-of-17 from the field and turning the ball over 7 times. LeBron didn’t receive much help on the night, with only two other Cavaliers scoring in double-digits. Those two were Kyrie Irving, who scored 10 points on just 5-of-14 shooting along with 3 rebounds, and 3 steals and Richard Jefferson (yeah, it was that kind of night for the Cavs), who scored 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting along with grabbing 5 rebounds.
The game started off rather sloppy with neither team getting much going early. The Cavs finished the first quarter with the lead but after that is when things got ugly for Cleveland. After the first quarter, the Warriors outscored the Cavs 91-56 for the rest of the game, including 58-33 in the second half. In the second quarter, the Warriors offense really started to get into a grove, with Golden State making 6 threes, including 3 from Draymond Green. The Warriors ball movement in the second quarter was fantastic, with the Warriors assisting on 10 of the their 13 made field goals in the quarter.
This game saw the Warriors getting back to what made them so unstoppable during the regular season. They were running in transition, the ball was flying around, they were making their threes and playing tight defense. The Warriors weren’t only out shooting the Cavs but they also beat the Cavs on the boards, winning the rebound battle 46-34. If the Warriors beat the Cavs on the boards consistently, the Cavs will have zero chance of winning. The Warriors defense was also fantastic last night, not letting the Cavs get anything easy. The Warriors switch-on-everything defense has been a problem for the Cavs, as every player on the Warriors can hold their own on defense. And the Warriors have multiple bodies to throw on LeBron like Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, who are all better LeBron defenders than probably anyone the Cavs faced in the East. Andrew Bogut was also an absolute terror for the Cavs protecting the rim in his time on the floor, blocking 5 shots in 14 minutes.
On the Cavs side, nothing really went very well for them on the night. Their defense just isn’t good enough to hang with the Warriors. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are real problems for the Cavs on the defensive end against the Warriors. The Warriors can attack either of them in the half-court setting and get a bucket most of the time. The Cavs offense has also been very disappointing so far this series. During Game 2, the Cavs shot just 35.4% (28-of-79) from the field and 21.7% (5-of-23) from three and for the series, the Cavs are shooting a combined 36.8% (60-of-163) from the field and 27.3% (12-of-44) from three. Kyrie Irving was again inefficient on offense and struggled to get good looks. The Cavs need Kyrie to get things together if they want to have any shot at winning this series. J.R. Smith was almost non-existent again last night, scoring just 5 points on 2-of-6 shooting from the field and 1-of-4 from three.
Overall, this series isn’t looking like it will be a rather short one. The Cavs just haven’t looked like they even have a shot at taking this series and now, down 2-0 in the series, the Cavs are going to have to win four of the next five games, two of which will be in Golden State. And honestly, I haven’t seen anything that would make me believe they can do that. I’m not sure what Tyronn Lue has left up his sleeve to throw at the Warriors and if going back to Cleveland and playing in-front of their home crowd will help, but I don’t think it’ll be enough for the Cavs to win. The Warriors just plain-and-simple look like the better team.
Game 2 MVP: Draymond Green: Draymond Green was absolutely fantastic in Game 2, leading the game in scoring with 28 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Cavs have been throwing double-teams at Steph and Klay, forcing someone else to step up and Draymond has been that guy. The Cavs have no answer for him on the offensive end and he has been his usual self on the defensive end (which is good, if you weren’t sure). Draymond is looking like the early favorite to win Finals MVP.