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Once you see Curry clutch the ball with both hands and jump back beyond the three-point line-the video below helpfully freezes it-you won't be able to unsee it. We love his presence. "So that means a lot".

Now what can the Cavaliers do to avoid being steamrolled by the Warriors?

The numbers for LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Irving through the first two games show Irving, the Cavs' 25-year-old point guard, lagging behind in this comparison of stars.

But his role shifted in Cleveland - we need you to rebound and sink 3-pointers. "I think that was a much tougher transition because you're talking about two guys who generally in their careers to that point had been kind of point forward types, neither one was really a three-point shooter at the time".

"The biggest thing for us is our defense has been fantastic", Curry said. We know how hard it is to be the best team in the league.

"It's been a great run, but none of that matters unless we can finish the job with this series", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who returned to the bench after an 11-game absence to deal with back pain. "There's just no way you're going to win a game with that many turnovers", said King James postgame. Somehow. Maybe they hope the Warriors will get all confused with the time-zone changes and all that. "More importantly, it felt good to get the win". They turned the ball over 20 times in game one, with James being at fault for 8 of the mishaps. After enjoying the block for a second or two, he dribbled into the frontcourt, whizzed right by James with a crossover and then floated in a bank shot over a helpless Love.

All of a sudden it was a 10-point game, the crowd was in a frenzy, and Curry had his mojo back. But just looking at recent history and comparing scores from year-to-year is ignoring what's actually happening out on the court. He has dictated both ends of the floor in both games so far, and two games into the Finals, it does not look the Cavs have much of an answer for him. "That's what Golden State does". LeBron, once again, has been splendid in these NBA Finals, which his Cavs trail 2-0 heading back to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.

"He took some contact and still finished the play", Green said. We know what we're capable of going back to Cleveland, and we have been in this position before. Although the Cavs didn't lead off on their best foot in the NBA Finals, LeBron James, 32, has got his head on straight. It's the free throw percentage that makes this stat impressive.

Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been almost invisible and the bench has offered little help.

It didn't matter in the end.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter. In each of the first two games, the Warriors toyed with the Cavaliers in the first half, letting them gain some false confidence before running away with the game in the second half. "Just handle business the way you're supposed to handle business and that's the way you make history". It also matched Paul Pierce for most in a Finals quarter.

They also can't afford Durant, not LeBron, being the best player in the series.


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