"I don't want to get into the "What we need to do better" right now", said James, who spoke in the locker room shortly after the game instead of making his customary trip to the podium in the interview room.
The Warriors answered by signing former Most Valuable Player Durant, adding a powerful forward to 3-point sharpshooters Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, and top rebounder Draymond Green. On Jan. 7, the Memphis Grizzlies overcame a 20-point deficit at Golden State to defeat the Warrio'rs for the second time this past regular season.
Much of that has to do with Durant, who now has 71 points on 27-for-48 (56.3 percent) shooting in the finals.
After the first match, the coaching staff of Cleveland has not made any findings and has continued to offer the "Golden State" the most comfortable game. Steph Curry recorded a triple-double for the Warriors with 32 points 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
So even though ABC is now on track to put up the biggest NBA Finals deliveries since MJ's last hurrah, everything depends on Cleveland putting together another rally for the ages - one that would be even more impressive.
"Much more physical today than we were in Game One". We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd, where we play well also.
It is the first time in NBA Finals history that a team won each of the first two games by at least 19 points. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games. "And we forced them to 20 turnovers and they still beat us pretty good, so we've got to be much better, too".
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Curry was upset by his eight turnovers as Cleveland vowed to put more pressure on the ball and keep Durant from driving and dunking untouched as he did so many times in Game 1.
Love gave the Cavs a needed second offensive threat with 27 points but against a team filled with a pair of former MVPs in Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, two other 2017 All-Stars in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson and several role players who have made key contributions, it wasn't been almost enough.
"I've seen a lot of great teams and they rank right up there".
It give us the unique situation of having the Golden State coach still being paid by the team he's plotting the demise of in the National Basketball Association finals. The Cavs trailed by just three points at the half, and after a Kevin Love 3-pointer early in the third quarter, it was still just a five-point game. This makes Cleveland 0-for-5 in NBA Finals games when Brown coached.
Last summer as a free agent Barnes wanted to be a Warrior, but signed a two-year deal with the Kings where the hope was to simply make the playoffs, a hope that was ditched when Cousins was traded. The Warriors hold a 2-0 lead in the Finals. "No, it's not over".
"I thought for the most part with the game plan that we had we tried to execute it as close as possible", James said.
"I think we had something special here 10 years ago and to be able to have the opportunity to come back and surpass what we did obviously, take in the ultimate goal which is to win a championship, is just wonderful", Barnes said.