The Cavaliers aren't slowing down.
They may have no choice.
Kerr was given a thunderous ovation by the Warriors supporters as Golden State stretched its record NBA playoff win streak to 14 games and seized a 2-0 edge over the Cavaliers in the best-of-seven NBA Finals. Last year, the Cavaliers' adjustments, many spurred by James, allowed them to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
To this point, chapter three of Cleveland vs.
The possibilities seem endless for the Golden State Warriors when they are rolling. "Just coming into halftime again down by three points, and they jump on us again".
"They're going a good job of sending two or three guys to box me out", Thompson said. So that's our game.
"I thought with the game plan we had, we tried to execute it as close as possible", James said.
They do now and are playing much better basketball than this time a year ago. "I think they went up big right away". But that's our game.
Elite ball-handlers are always going to get the benefit of the doubt from referees who are more concerned with the defender and focussed on his hands rather than what the ball-handler is doing.
"He's one of the greatest to play this game".
But the Warriors still scored 132 points on about 110 possessions, a more efficient performance than they had in Game 1 and their fourth most efficient performance of the postseason thus far.
Lue, though, is staying with Smith, who said his wife, Jewel, offered advice on how to end his slump. "But it's definitely great to see him over there and have him talking in the timeouts and out there leading us". But that Golden State team didn't have Kevin Durant so there may be not much the Cavaliers can do.
But when it pertains to the debate about the better player, Durant or James, Green insists each is striving for another goal in this series.
A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Looking ahead to Games 3 and 4, what can the Cavs do that's going to stop a Golden State squad that still hasn't played their A game and still has cruised to victories in the Finals?
"That's not our game. The game is too fresh", James said. When he arrives for a team scouting session, he can already describe plays the opponent will run based on their personnel and positioning. "Game 3's (in the Finals) have been rough for us".
"I don't really care about history too much. Now we got to go home and regroup".
When James elected to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the 2014-15 National Basketball Association season, there were questions about whether or not he and the ball-dominant Irving could coexist.
Tristan Thompson has been neutralized as the Warriors are devoting multiple players to keep Cleveland's relentless rebounder off the boards. "They're obviously trying to make a few other guys make some plays".
Asked the difference between this year and last year, James simply said, "K.D." and added, "They are a different team". And also: Just enjoy a great highlight, you dummies!
Through the opening two games of this series, Curry and Durant have been the two best players on the floor - no small feat in a series featuring the sport's best player in LeBron James. "And it's just as simple as that".