Their two worst games heading into the NBA Finals - Game 1 of the Pacers series, in which in had a chance to win on the final possession (a pace of 90.8), and their Game 3 loss to Boston in the conference finals (92.6) - were also the slowest they have had in the playoffs.
But, ahem, they've done that part before.
"He may be the best player in the world today", Pierce said after listing some of the Durant's traits and accomplishments.
The Warriors won their first title in 40 years in 2015, downing an injury-hit Cleveland squad, and won a record 73 regular-season games the following campaign.
"I was pleased with our 3-point defense". "And it was probably the key to the whole game". James sounded grimly determined after Game 2.
The assertion drew instantaneous response from other commentators, who still believe the distinction belongs to LeBron James. At his best, he's a dragonfly on the court, zipping from one spot to the next. Durant has scored 71 points so far, while Curry has added 60 and is coming off a triple double. They hope the atmosphere back home at Quicken Loans Arena will make a difference Wednesday night and in Game 4 on Friday.
Durant's scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven't trailed after the first quarter in either game. "Just handle business the way you're supposed to handle business and that's the way you make history". "This is the same thing that happened a year ago", the source pointed out. Lue might be wary of getting Golden State into the halfcourt, but he should be downright petrified about the Warriors in the open floor.
Kevin Love was no slouch, piling up a 27-point game after he had a 21-rebound showing in Game 1. Hopefully the Cavs can come back in Game 3, or this may be a shorter Finals series than we thought.
The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. "So I think we will be ready to go". Their mojo disrupted, the Warriors never won again. "Think so, right? If we don't defend home court, what happens?" "I'm not worrying about the officials and all that". "And if going home to Cleveland and playing in front of our crowd isn't enough for you, then you might as well go home". "Are you a smart guy?", he snapped. His time in now, and he's got one of the greatest teams ever assembled standing in his way. "But I don't expect anybody on the outside who really doesn't know the game to look at me as a defender because once you're labeled something that's what you're going to be".
The problem the Cavs face was underlined by the fact that James had a triple-double with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, they outscored the Warriors by 20 points in the paint and they forced 20 turnovers that led to 23 points - and still got blown out. "That's what they do, that's what Golden State does". "Being down 0-2, going back home, we have to take care of business". The Cavs will continue bringing two to the ball on Curry pick-and-rolls, overloading the strong side as Durant goes to work while hugging Thompson at the arc when he's multiple passes away. They have to do what they do much better than they've done it so far in these Finals.