Submitted by Jim Hurley’s Network on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 12:16 PM
THE NBA FINALS: NOW HERE'S OUR GAME 2 PREVIEW PLUS MLB & NFL NEWS/NOTES
No doubt following on the heels of the NBA Finals Game 1 that a whole lot was made of the fact the Golden State Warriors hurled up 20 more field-goal attempts than the Cleveland Cavaliers in that resounding 113-91 triumph by the "Dubs".
Okay, that was significant as G-State canned 45-of-106 FG tries (.424 shooting) while Cleveland nailed just 30-of-86 floor shots (that's .349) - but it's worth noting that the quality of shots came into play too. The Warriors' underrated defense contested the majority of Cav shots and forced a slew of mistakes such as offensive fouls, shot clock hurries and the like.
Would Cleveland like to balance out the field-goal tries here for Game 2 on Sunday night?
Sure, but the Cavs must get some gimme hoops along the way - see the six first-half slam dunks by Golden State megastar Kevin Durant en route to his game-high 38 points - and Cleveland's transition defense must be a whole lot better or else we could be staring at yet another post-season blowout in the "association". Hey, are we gonna get a close game in this playoff season ... or not?
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NBA FINALS - GAME 2 PREVIEW
CLEVELAND at GOLDEN STATE - Warriors lead series 1-0; Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, ABC
No need to emphasize the obvious here: If the Cavaliers - a 9-point underdog here in Game 2 - are gonna make this a series than their entire level of urgency must be raised here. Yes, even LeBron James (28 points, 15 rebounds and 8 assists) appeared out of sorts for much of this game and note his minus 22 on the floor matched the final score ... hmm. Can you really believe the Cavs played the Warriors dead-even on the scoreboard when James was not playing?
Gotta believe that Cleveland needs to slow down the pace of this Game 2 and look to make this more of a slugfest affair with James, Kevin Love (15 points, 21 rebs in Game 1) and even the invisible Tristan Thompson (0 points in the Finals opener) playing back to the basket and posting up less-physical Golden State defenders.
Okay, so the Warriors want/need the combo of Durant and Stephen Curry to go for another 60-or-so points - they finished with 68 points in Game 1 on just 48 FG attempts - but the flip side that's key is both Draymond Green and Klay Thompson must continue to play lights-out defense and sixth man Andre Iguodala must be ready to play another 24 or 25 minutes here while putting his body on James at every turn.
The foot speed that Golden State sports on the offensive end of the floor - watch the replays and check out all the first steps that Curry and Durant made to zip past defenders in Game 1 - means Cleveland's team defense must show up. Anything over 107 or 108 points by the Warriors and it's curtains (again!) for the Cavs.
Finally, if you're looking for key numbers as to whether or not Cleveland can snag the upset then check out this three-pack:
Point guard Kyrie Irving (just 2 assists in Game 1) must be a key drive-and-dish guy here and get Curry and Company in some degree of foul trouble; The aforementioned James needs to take more than the 20 FG attempts he had in Game 1; And we need to see some shot blocks/boards pile up in the stat column for Cleveland's Thompson. 'Nuff said!
Here's the Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals series in game chart form (all home teams are in CAPS below):
|6-1||GOLDEN ST.||- 7.5||Cleveland||113-91|
Love to see what Major-League Baseball teams sport a real inequity with their won/loss records as compared to their overall run differential:
Take the Baltimore Orioles, for example. The O's entered this June weekend with a - 3 in the runs differential category (236 runs scored, 239 runs allowed) and yet this American League East team is 28-24 and just 3.5 games back of the front-running New York Yankees. The Birds are just 9-8 in one-run games but - ahh, extra innings is the key as Baltimore is an MLB-best 7-1 in bonus frames and that's been a key in the plus-.500 mark.
Then there's the NL's Los Angeles Dodgers who entered the weekend a plus 84 and yet were behind both Arizona and Colorado (okay, just a half-game back of both with one game in hand). The Dodgers (33-22) are just 4-8 in one-run games and only .500 in divisional play (see 16-16) and so maybe it's a good thing that the Dodgers don't play any NL West sides till a June 23rd home series against the Colorado Rockies.
Can the Atlanta Falcons - fresh off last year's Super Bowl disaster - make it back to the big game in the upcoming 2017 season?
Well, if you're looking for any tweaks made by the Falcs this offseason than maybe a special team move will help as rookie Brian Hill (Wyoming) is expected to return kicks following the release of Eric Weems.
The Falcons are keeping fingers crossed that first-round draftee DE/LB Takkarist McKinley (UCLA) will be ready for the start of the season following post-NFL Combine shoulder surgery and we won't be shocked if Atlanta eventually obtains a pass rusher should McKinley get red-flagged come August.
Hey, lots more NFL Notes as we dig deeper into the summer, so make sure you're with us right here.
NOTE: Our NBA Finals Game 2 re-cap comes your way in the next edition of Jim Sez plus catch more MLB News & Notes too!