The NBA Finals 2017 certainly have a familiar feel to them through Game 2. Like a year ago, the Golden State Warriors defended Oracle arena in emphatic fashion, trouncing the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-91 in a blowout meant to set the tone for the rest of the series. If only it were so simple.
NBA Finals 2017 Where this series is dramatically different isn’t hard to figure out (hint: it starts at Kevin and ends at Durant) by any means, but whether the difference creates a Warriors revenge tale is much harder to discern. No matter how it pans out, this has the feel of a seven-game series, so here’s a look at the schedule:
Fans got to see, in no particular order, LeBron James slam through another 40 minutes, Deron Williams miss every shot he took over 19, Kevin Love revert to his usual self with a 4-of-13 mark from the field, Klay Thompson once again settle into his non-factor role with just six points and someone such as JaVale McGee play critical minutes while flexing the superior depth of Golden State.
NBA Finals 2017 James guarding him or not, Durant dropped a game-high 38 points on 14-of-26 shooting and added eight rebounds and assists apiece, polishing off a LeBron-esque number. As he was quick to tell the media, he’s the X-factor because the Cavaliers were so focused on the deep ball.
“I felt like in transition they were running out to the three-point line,” Durant said, according to Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver. “We’ve got the best three-point shooters in the world on our team, so obviously teams want to take away our three-pointer. I just tried to be aggressive to the rim and loosen them up a bit.”
The 2017 NBA Finals begin on Thursday, June 1, as the Golden State Warriors host the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the best-of-7 championship series at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. ABC will broadcast the game live beginning at 8 p.m. Central (9 p.m. Eastern). LeBron James and the Cavaliers meet Steph Curry and the Warriors once again with the NBA championship on the line.
It’s the third straight year the Warriors and Cavaliers have met in the NBA Finals. Golden State won the championship in 2015 in six games, while Cleveland took home the title in seven games in 2017.