The start of the 2017 NBA Finals have looked like an avalanche, leaning steeply towards the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant was outstanding in Game 1 who finished up with 38 points on 26 shots, and logged eight rebounds and eight assists without turning the ball over even once. Then we turn the page, and it was Steph Curry’s time to step into the limelight with his first triple-double of his postseason career, finishing with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
The Warriors had more than 100 points by the end of the third quarter in Game 2. They cruised to another double-digit victory, shooting better than 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line.
If you look back at when the Warriors signed Durant, much was made about how much more space he would have to work with on offense now that he was surrounded by shooters. Game 1 showed how deadly that works out to be in practice. But the other thing Durant adds is the ability to ‘Go Get A Bucket,’ to take and make tough shots when the defense tightens up in critical moments of the game. That came out in Game 2.
The Cavs tightened up their defense considerably from Game 1, but with Durant hitting everything he threw up regardless of coverage, it hardly mattered. And strange as it sounds in a game decided by 19 points, the Warriors needed Durant to carry them with those tough shots.
Catch you Thursday.