Warriors Poised to Sweep Cavs

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter in Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 3, 2018 in Oakland, California.

Kendrick Perkins might not be suiting up for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, but that hasn't stopped the veteran center from being a storyline of the Cavs' championship series against the Golden State Warriors.

James looked absolutely unstoppable in a 51-point performance in game one, as he was almost flawless driving to the basket and dropping bombs from three-point range, but Sunday he passed up several open looks from deep early and only had two shots nine minutes into the game. Additionally, Klay Thompson scored 20 points after being somewhat doubtful to play following the ankle injury he sustained in Game 1. "At the end of the day, if you don't give effort and you don't play hard, you know you're never going to give yourself a chance to win".

Curry's nine 3-pointers surpassed the Finals mark held by Ray Allen, who made eight for the Boston Celtics during Game 2 of the 2010 Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"He was tremendous", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. "Nine threes and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one". Curry dribbled behind his back before nailing a insane 29-foot turnaround, fadeaway 3-pointer over 6-foot-10-inch Cavaliers forward Kevin Love to give the Warriors a 103-89 lead. "We saw Houston do a good job doing that [in the Western Conference Finals] so we piggybacked that".

James became irate at the officials for a no-call on Curry, who ran beneath the Cavs star and didn't let him land with 3:54 remaining in the quarter as James caught Love's long pass and went out of bounds.

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So JaVale, how you liking playing in the Finals.

James hit a 3 over Durant's outstretched arm midway through the third, then Tristan Thompson's basket the next possession pulled the Cavs within 72-66.

"The eye has looked a lot better", James said. During the course of an 82-game season, teams can coast-especially ones as good as the Golden State Warriors.

In other words, LeBron can't do it all himself and the Warriors are probably going to win this series easily simply because James has little help.

According to critics, rather than displaying his frustration, James should have done more to encourage his teammates heading into overtime - a notion the 4-time MVP disagreed with when presented with it on Wednesday. Making Curry work on defense is key, and the veteran point guard tried to do just that throughout his 34 minutes on the court Sunday night.

The defensive deficiencies that plagued the Cavs all year were partly to blame, but credit the Warriors with putting Cleveland on its heels from the get-go, and not letting up. He scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter. The Watch ESPN app is also accessible via a cable or satellite provider login where the NBA Finals can be streamed.

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