Will Cleveland figure out how to guard the Warriors in Game 2?

Posted June 05, 2017

Going back to last season, nine of the last 11 games between Golden State and Cleveland have been decided by double digits. The Cavaliers said they wanted to play at a faster pace, and James is setting the tone by getting to the rim four times already.

The Cavaliers got off once again on the wrong foot in the Finals due in large part to 20 turnovers and allowing the Warriors to pull down 14 offensive rebounds.

Now Kerr is back, facing the very team that stormed back from a 3-1 deficit in last year's Finals to steal a championship.

The move may be one of those that comes back to haunt the Warriors in the end if the Cavaliers manage to come back in the series, but for now, it looks like Curry is calm, cool and collected.

"Defensively", Lue said when asked what Cleveland has to do differently to win Game 3.

However, this Game 2 is massive for Cavaliers.

This time, Curry committed eight turnovers as Cleveland committed to putting more pressure on the ball to keep Durant from driving and dunking untouched as he did so many times in Game 1.

The Cavs repeatedly showed their resilience by surging back from double-digit deficits to make it a close game.

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Cleveland will wear its black, t-shirt style jerseys for Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says he wasn't even aware of the team's uniform scheme for Game 2, though noted, "they love those jerseys".

Kerr said before Game 2 that he hadn't let his players know that he'd be making his comeback Sunday. Durant totaled 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Thompson added 22 points and shot 8-for-12 after a poor shooting performance in Game 1.

If Cavs are to emerge victorious, they also need to make sure that they are tight on Curry and Durant, and stop them from scoring easy baskets.

(If needed) Thursday, June 15: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

When Kerr took a leave of absence during Golden State's first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers, he made it clear he wouldn't return until he felt confident there wouldn't be an immediate setback, per Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group.

That was the first time Kerr found himself unable to cope with the debilitating headaches that have gripped him since a back surgery resulted in a spinal-fluid leak in the summer of 2015.

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