Warriors receive straight A's for Game 2 domination over Cavs
Pretty much perfect
OAKLAND -- As they prepared to meet Cleveland in the NBA Finals, we identified 5 Keys for the Warriors to sweep the series. After each game, we assess how the Warriors grade out on those factors.
Here are the grades for Game 2, a 122-103 win Sunday at Oracle Arena.
1) CONTAIN YOU KNOW WHO
LeBron James totaled 29 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc, along with 13 assists and nine rebounds. He also committed five of Cleveland’s 11 turnovers. In other words, he did not play poorly but the Warriors accomplished the goal of not allowing him to control the game, much less dominate it. The Warriors again used a rotation of defenders, led by Kevin Durant. If they can repeat this in Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland, there probably won’t be a Game 5.
2) 3-BALL PARADE
The Warriors were fabulous beyond the arc, putting up 36 3-pointers, making 15, for 41.7 percent. Stephen Curry was ridiculously good from deep, going a record-setting 9-of-17 and surpassing Ray Allen’s record of eight triples in a Finals game. Klay Thompson was 3-of-8, Kevin Durant 2-of-3. With that terrific trio combining to shoot 14-of-28 (50 percent), it’s almost impossible for the Warriors to lose.
3) BE RUTHLESS
Though the Warriors never trailed, maybe they remembered the lesson of Game 1, that no lead is safe against LeBron unless the points keep coming. When the Cavs trimmed what had been a 15-point lead to seven early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors needed less than four minutes to push it to 16. They then took it to 18 with a little more than four minutes remaining, at which time Cavs coach Tyronn Lue waved the white flag and emptied his bench.
4) BE CAREFUL
After they were so solid in Game 1, committing only eight turnovers, the Warriors did some slight reverting to their norm. They coughed up 12, a semi-satisfying total, leading to 13 Cleveland points. They were tremendously careful in the second half, committing only four. It helps that Cleveland’s defense is exploitable, but the Warriors seem diligent about avoiding sloppiness. The worst of it was Curry, who committed five giveaways, three of which were a case of him trying to do too much.
5) PLAY WITH PACE
Once again, the Warriors didn’t quite get to 90 field goal attempts; they wound up with 82. Though they’d like to get more shots, they reduced that need by shooting so many 3-pointers. When 43.9 percent of your shots are triples -- it was 34.1 percent in the regular season -- and you’re making more than 40 percent of them, the need for more shots is greatly diminished.