NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

Posted June 07, 2017

"That thing's shaking", he said before walking away.

After two dominating performances, the Warriors up are 2-0 in the NBA Finals.

This is a team you'll be telling your grandkids about one day: Gather 'round, you young'uns, and hear the tale of Durant, one of the NBA's best-ever players, and Curry, one of the NBA's best-ever shooters, and Draymond Green, one of the NBA's best-ever defenders, and Klay Thompson, one of the NBA's best-ever two-way players.

Said James of Irving: "He missed some chippies - ones he's so accustomed to making".

And now the tables have turned. "Anything they throw in the game, be ready to adjust to it". Their offense is constant movement, so you got to be locked in, you can't take a peek somewhere and lose your man.

"What now?" the pundits ask.

"You understand the journey and how much energy it took from a mental and physical standpoint to come back from something like that".

At this point, I have no idea if I'm rooting for the Cavs, or if I'm rooting against the Warriors.

Instead, we have witnessed two one-sided, non-competitive games. Whatever has happened does not determine what will happen.

This time it feels like the die has been cast. Is James two-per-cent better? They have more weapons, they are more motivated, they are hungrier.

When the Warriors went for that historic mark previous year, they went for it.

Injury could swing the balance but outside of that? Twice during his career he has led the Cavs back from an 0-2 deficit in a playoff series - in the 2007 Eastern finals against Detroit and of course last season. Everyone recalls the outcome. He was a leader of the Oklahoma City team that last May coughed up a 3-1 series lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

The Warriors have not forgotten this.

They surpassed the 13-win streaks of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers and the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers to set the record, although "Showtime" Lakers star Magic Johnson claimed Monday his squad would have swept the Warriors in a series.

"Complacency", he said. "It's easy to let your guard down". It's over.' No, it's not over. Cleveland shot just 19-for-60 from 3-point territory (31.6 percent) in the two games at Oracle Arena, nowhere near the 38.4 percent it shot as a team in the regular season when it was second best in the league. Now we have the rubber match, bragging rights and legacies on the line.

"We've got to play our game and play with pace, but we can't get in a hurry".

"Just seeing a lot of bodies", Irving said. "It's not been a lot of fun broadcasting games this year". But he has already been super human in this series and it has not moved the needle in the Cavs' direction near enough.

In short (actually, in tall), Warriors centers Pachulia and David West are winning the wrestling match in the paint and keeping from Thompson from hurting Golden State on the boards.

Durant's presence allows Curry to be the second option.

"That game gave them confidence and gave the crowd confidence", said Kerr.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are widely considered the two best players in the world right now.

Led by two-times reigning MVP Stephen Curry and four-times scoring champion Kevin Durant, the Warriors have an embarrassment of riches and find ways to score regardless of the pace of any particular game.

The Cavs have to change something.

Contrary to speculation, Lue said J.R. Smith will start at guard and Iman Shumpert will come off the bench.

This is the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.

Game 2: Warriors 132, Cavaliers 113.

The writing would appear to be on the wall. We have two more games to go.