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Warriors Pound Cavaliers Again for 2-0 Finals Lead

Cavs ignore last year's comeback after another 0-2 hole

After the first two games of the 2017 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors' victory has become such a foregone conclusion that they're being compared with the greatest teams of all time - and would be favored against the 72-10 Chicago Bulls team - and Charles Barkley went on NBC's Stanley Cup Finals broadcast to bash this year's NBA playoffs. Kevin Durant (33 points) and Stephen Curry (32) had big games once more, but Klay Thompson broke out of a shooting slump to score 22, including four of the Warriors' 18 3-point baskets, creating a three-headed monster that left Cleveland's defense dizzy. And with Deron Williams struggling to keep up as the point guard for the second unit, Cleveland will have zero shot without a vastly improved Kyrie Irving.

Carr isn't shy about criticizing the Cavs when he believes they could be playing better. After a tight first half, the Warriors took command in the third - extending a 3 point locker room lead to 14 by the end of the period.

"The whole pregame process was all the same tonight, it was just a matter of him showing up on the bench and giving us that energy", Curry said. "(But) if you feel like you need to give a hard foul, we've played 96 minutes worth of basketball.

So, what does Cleveland need to do to win on Wednesday night and make this a series? "I would imagine Kyrie's going to come out and have a great Game 3".

Yet isolations are a big part of the Cavs' offense. "If you relax, they make you pay".

Green is one of the more emotional players around these days, a bit high strung but always willing to offer an opinion.

"The intention is to coach tonight and the rest of the series", said Kerr, who last coached in Game Two of the Warriors' first-round playoff series against Portland on April 19. Irving went 1-for-5 in the quarter for two points with one assist. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts during the first half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.

There is no comparison when you look at what adding Durant to this roster has done for the team.

Last season's double blowout to start the series saw the Warriors overwhelm LeBron James with a team effort. They also made 13 a game, second only to the long-ball-happy Rockets, giving them a risky extra dimension besides LeBron.

"I want to win just as bad as they do and obviously they probably got a bad taste in their mouth after what happened last year and we had one in our mouth last year from what happened the year before", James said. After an auto on NOS effort from LeBron in the first half, all he could do is watch as Durant hit a 3 on one side, get a stop on the other, and have Steph slowly dribble up to sink a 29-foot 3 on the other side to close out the game at 121-99. With this team, you can't relax at all.

"That's the difference right there", Irving said. Now would be an opportune time for Irving to establish he belongs in that group. But that blueprint isn't the same they'll take this time around. "I can't blame them", he said.

The unbeaten Warriors had been 11-0 under acting coach Mike Brown - "My guy did OK while I was gone", Kerr said with a grin. But you get a lot more from getting a ring.

"The scouts that I talk to and the executives that I talk who are watching this series say the Cavs have no choice, they have to slow it down".

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