The series between the Cavs and Warriors, their third Finals matchup in three years, thus far is averaging a 7.0 rating in the adults 18-to-49 TV demo, which works out to a hair shy of 9 million people. "We're going to go home and watch the film to see ways we can be better". "We've got a great opportunity in front of us and we've got to seize it". "That's what he does".
And Durant was coming off a Game 1 in which he totaled 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 113-91 Warriors victory.
And it can be credited to one person: Kevin Durant. They use the "Phantom Cam" to create cool clips that are sharable on social media - and did just that with Curry's drive on James.
Golden State improved to 14-0 this post-season and is trying to become the first group to go unbeaten all the way to a title. Kevin Love had 27 points and Kyrie Irving 19.
But even as James racked up 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in Game 2, the Warriors won going away.
"I mean that's been the focus the last two days - can we repeat the formula?"
A look at the final score of Game 2 would tell you that it went pretty much the same way that Game 1 did.
The Cavaliers forced 20 turnovers compared to a finals record-tying 4 in game one, for all the good it did them. They hope the atmosphere back home at Quicken Loans Arena will make a difference Wednesday night and in Game 4 on Friday.
At the rate the 2017 NBA Finals are going, the Cavs might ask the league to make this series a best-of-19 instead of seven.
The game marked the return of Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who was sidelined earlier in April by persistent back pain following several surgeries. Cleveland finds themselves in a similar predicament as the 2016 Final, losing games one and two in blowout fashion before heading home. Nor can I listen to anyone that says the league is worse off because of it. "My guys did OK while I was gone", Kerr joked to NBA.com before the game, referring to interim coach Mike Brown's ideal playoff record. To italicize the point that the Warriors turn it on at their whim, consider that they've outscored Cleveland by 68-44 in the third quarter so far this series.
Keeping an eye on the French Open but it hasn't been the same without the two winningest singles players in the Open Era.
"Well, it's been a great run but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series", Kerr said. How do we know this?
But after being so close past year and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be.
Curry doesn't overpower like LeBron or make it look as easy as Durant does.
It's enough to take Draymond Green back to the game on January 17, 2014, when Durant, then a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, torched the Warriors for 54 points.
It didn't matter in the end. Their mojo disrupted, the Warriors never won again.
The Cavaliers love to blitz Curry in the half court. And we're a full group when he's out here.
Cleveland's gotten virtually nothing from anyone outside of the Big 3. (He had received a Flagrant 1 in the first round for tossing Michael Beasley to the ground, and he got a Flagrant 2 in the Western Conference Finals for kicking Steven Adams in a manner that proved to be a painful bit of foreshadowing.) Green has yet to pick up a single flagrant foul in these playoffs, so even if he does let his enthusiasm boil over, it most likely won't result in a suspension. Thompson played in his 78th postseason game to pass Jeff Mullins for most in franchise history.