The Golden State Warriors are two consecutive wins away from going 16-0 in the National Basketball Association playoffs and winning an National Basketball Association championship.
That's what we want. "We don't play slowdown basketball", Cavaliers forward LeBron James told reporters on Tuesday in Cleveland, site of the next two games.
"I thought we were much more physical, we had bodies on bodies and we have to do that against those guys, because if we let them run free, then they are even that more unsafe". It's so hard to do.
"That's previous year and I don't even know the feeling anymore", LeBron James said. "That's the important lesson, not any historical benchmarks or anything like that".
"We're more focused on what happened a year ago in terms of we were up 2-0 and we came here and the series shifted", Kerr said.
CLEVELAND (AP) - The possibilities seem endless for the Golden State Warriors when they are rolling.
"They're going to be excited, the energy's going to be at full tilt", Cavs center Tristan Thompson said.
The Warriors have knocked down 30 of their 76 looks from three-point range, including an 18-of-43 showing (41.9 percent) in their 132-113 Game 2 win. But neither do the Warriors, and that is the issue. In Game One, the Warriors scored 35 points and in Game Two, they rang up 40. "And we're not going to change just because we're playing Golden State".
What the Cavaliers must do is to send a message at the start that the Warriors could not score at will.
Golden State Warriors win in 6: 15.75%.
They did past year, coming home after losing the first two by a combined 48 points and beginning the turnaround with a 120-90 rout in Game 3.More news: Man indicted in double-fatal Portland, Oregon, train attack
They are averaging almost 119 points and winning by a record 16.9 per game in the postseason, and they've really picked it up lately. The duo are not the Cavaliers' problem. "They make shots three or four feet behind the three-point line, and they're capable of doing that". Forget about the Warriors.
Golden State held an identical series lead in 2016 when the championship series shifted to Cleveland but split the two games there and then went on to become the first team to lose an NBA Finals after building a 3-1 advantage.
"We have a huge hurdle to get over tomorrow", Curry said.
James, the most prolific scorer in National Basketball Association playoff history, said he was content with the more physical effort his team showed in the second game of the series and that the Cavaliers' gameplan, if executed for 48 minutes, gives them a chance to win.
Cleveland Cavaliers win in 6: 2.55%.
Golden State Warriors win series: 92.64%.
"We have to take care of home court", Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said.
The Cavaliers converted just 19 of their 60 looks from three-point range in back-to-back lopsided losses, and to fight their way back into the best-of-seven series despite being in an 0-2 hole for the second straight season, they know what has to be done.
"I'm not making a change", he said.
"We played against good teams, and we came to the Finals undefeated, and here we are up 2-0, so we're playing wonderful basketball right now. They went up big right away, and so we've got to be ready for that initial force".
"They just took it to us right from the beginning".