The Golden State Warriors destroyed the Cleveland Cavaliers with ease in Game 2. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson once again each scoring under 20 points, the Warriors nevertheless managed to run through LeBron James and his outmatched teammates.
To reach the 110-77 win, Golden State shot 54.3 percent from the field, 45.5 percent on triples, and had 20 turnovers. Fairly astounding that a team could fumble the ball that many times yet win by 33. Cleveland shot 35.4 percent from the floor and 21.7 percent from deep. They had 17 turnovers, 7 of which were from James who went 7-17 during his 19/9/8 line.
Beyond James struggling, Kevin Love made just two field goals before leaving Game 2 with an injury. He was elbowed in the head by Harrison Barnes in the middle of a rebound/loose-ball sequence. While Love stayed in the game temporarily, he ultimately left after feeling woozy.
For Kyrie Irving, it wasn’t much better. He was totally neutralized by the Golden State defense, going 0-3 on triples and 5-14 from the field for 10 points, and that’s with accounting him making two early field goals to get the game going. Foul trouble forced Tristan Thompson to play just 19 minutes, and J.R. Smith was invisible once again (5 points on 2-6 shooting).
The early heroes for the Warriors were Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut. Green finished Game 2 with 28 points on 11-20 shooting. The fact that Green was 5-8 on threes came as unexpected production to be sure. Bogut had 4 blocks early in the game and set the tone that nothing would be easy for Cleveland at the rim (at least prior to GSW switching to a small ball lineup).
Certain games are statistically misleading. For Game 2, however, the game is quite blatantly in the numbers. Cleveland was outshot severely from the field and deep, and that massive discrepancy enabled the Warriors to win decisively even with a considerable turnover number. Additionally, the Warriors received excellent defense from Andre Iguodala, 10 points from Leandro Barbosa, and quality overall bench contributions. Cleveland can’t say the same.
Through two games, this isn’t a fair fight. The Warriors struggled at times with the Oklahoma City Thunder’s length and athleticism over the course of the West Finals. The Cavs don’t hold the same levels of power in those aspects, major reasons why the Warriors don’t need the Splash Brothers to excel in order to win this series. Going a step further, the Warriors can win without its stars dominating, the Cavaliers can’t.
Game 3 shifts to Cleveland. It will be on Wednesday, 6/8 at 9:00 PM ET.
|8:00 PM ET, June 5, 2016
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, California Attendance: 19,596
|S. Kaun||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. McRae||DNP — INACTIVE|
|A. Varejao||DNP — COACH’S DECISION|
|K. Looney||DNP — INACTIVE|
|J. McAdoo||DNP — INACTIVE|
Officials: Scott Foster, Tony Brothers, James Capers
Time of Game: 2:22