OAKLAND—Game 2 of the NBA Finals was not a game worthy of the NBA Finals. It was not even a game worthy of an NBA regular season game.
The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a team ready to get out of Oakland as fast as possible as the starters didn’t even play much of the fourth quarter in the eventual 110-77 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Cavs’ forward Kevin Love left early in the second half after taking an elbow to the back of the head from Harrison Barnes in the second quarter. He returned to the game momentarily in the second quarter and contributed by making the Cavs’ first basket in nearly five and a half minutes. Shortly into the third quarter Love returned to the locker room after experiencing dizziness. He was then placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol as a precaution.
The Cavs’ were able to keep the game relevant when Love was on the floor, but once he left for good, you could see the wind shift and the sails of Cleveland deflate.
Draymond Green carried the Warriors stout offense with 28 points, seven rebounds, and five assists. He made an unexpected five three-point shots. NBA MVP Stephen Curry added 18 points despite being in foul trouble throughout the game.
Steph Curry addressed the media after the game stating: “There’s no point in celebrating or jumping up and down saying, ‘Look at us.’ We’re two games away from winning a championship, but we still have to go out and get the job done. It’s a trap to think that we’ve figured things out, that we have the perfect formula to beat Cleveland and they have no chance in the series. That’s not how we’re supposed to think.”
The series now shifts to Cleveland where the Cavaliers will hope to put on a better show for their loyal and title-starved fans. The 33-point rout was the Warriors’ most lopsided ever in a finals game. They won the first two games by a combined 48 points.
LeBron James said during a post-game press conference: “They just beat us. We didn’t win anything. No points of the game did we beat them in anything.” James finished with 19 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds, in addition to seven turnovers.
Hopefully, when tip-off commences in Cleveland on Wednesday, June 8 the product on the floor will correlate more closely to what fans and the media expected this series to be. Game 1 and Game 2 ending in blow-outs left fans snoozing.