NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

If LeBron and company can't keep the Warriors from sweeping through the playoffs, what chance does any other team in the future have?

"You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled past year, that we saw in the regular season and in the post-season, and then in the off-season you add a high-powered offensive talent like (Durant) and a great basketball IQ like that, that's what stands out", James said. In a tweet he subsequently deleted, Durant told Bayless, "U brainwashing these people out here, they think since you on espn you know what u talkin bout...please, nobody owns me".

"The game is too fresh". "I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I'd have done it a little sooner". Now coaching two of the best players in the world, Kerr said that meshing Durant and Stephen Curry was made easier by their regularity in playing off the ball.

That's been quite evident through two games.

J.R. SMITH (Cavaliers): The Cleveland guard has played poorly (three points in 42 total minutes) so far in the finals. Curry wasn't fully healthy or impactful in the series, and Andre Iguodala had a back issue.

Durant liked the aggressiveness he saw from Thompson at the offensive end. Then in Game 5, Golden State starting center Andrew Bogut suffered a season-ending knee injury.

"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said.

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says he's not making any lineup changes for Game 3 of the NBA Finals. But for the Cavs to defend their title they need plus performances at the top.

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Much was made of Curry's 13-dribble possession in which he turned James inside out before scoring on him at the rim in the second half of Game 2. If Durant and Curry are not quite in the best duo conversation now, I'm sure they'll end up there eventually. That was basketball entertainment personified with best-on-best action.

Look at the blistering pace of play through the first two games this year.

Golden State has destroyed the Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals thus far, but there's no denying the roster - which achieved a 12-1 record in the Eastern Conference before the Finals showdown in progress - has been put together to compete for a title. "Offensively, that's what the world sees, but what I see is defensively he's changing the game". I know the offense gets most of the attention but our players, they work at it, collectively, individually. "I just relaxed tonight, and took good shots in rhythm". In Cleveland's 113-91 loss in Game 1, Thompson and Smith combined to make one basket, and the Cavs got 25 percent shooting outside of James and Irving.

"Even if I miss a couple shots, I'm too good to worry about my jumper".

Thompson continued his fine defence on Irving as well. Golden State's 14-game playoff winning streak matches the longest playoff win streak in the four major pro sports.

"It's a key for us to get them off the line, because they have been killing teams the last few years in the playoffs from three", Thompson said.

Reporter: Well, yeah, I know, that's what I'm saying. So it's a goal of ours to limit them from perimeter. It was the second time in the postseason they committed at least 20 turnovers, and yet they scored at least 120 points in both games.



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