Game 2 of the NBA Finals is on tonight and the predictions are rolling in. What can we, the viewers, expect from the game? Let’s hear what some of the players have to say.
The Warriors Will Try To Play Faster
“I think we can still ramp it up a little bit more, get out in transition a little bit more,” Draymond Green told NBC Sports’ Pro Basketball Talk. “But LeBron, he controls the pace on offense, we’ve just got to make sure we’re ready to push the ball off a make or a miss. I still think we can get more into our pace.”
We’re Going To Get Familiar With Matthew Dellavedova
Kyrie Irving is out of the Cavs’ starting lineup as a result of a fractured kneecap sustained in Game 1. That means Matthew Dellavedova will join the starting lineup. No pressure! But Dellavedova is a player who’s up for the challenge. He also started in the Cavaliers’ game against the Atlanta Hawks. In that game, he played well on defense, with an average of 4 ft to his shooter, the best of any non-center of the league. Let’s see if he can pull it off against Stephen Curry.
LeBron Will Go It Alone A Lot Less Than In Game 1 Of The NBA Finals
LeBron scored 44 points without getting a lot of his teammates involved. Don’t expect to see that tonight. See the words of King James himself, quoted below.
“I’ve got to do a better job as well getting my other guys involved… I’m okay with getting big numbers and things of that nature, but I feel much better when I’m able to get my guys in rhythm and get them guys some more looks.
So I think one of the things is trying to stay at home on a lot of my shooters. They didn’t give James Jones as much air space. J.R. got a couple good looks, it just didn’t go down.”
Despite The Odds, The Cavs Are Not Going To Back Down
Despite the fact that their All-Star point-guard is out and the Warriors are the favorites to win, The Cavs aren’t going to lie down and accept defeat.
The team has been constantly reminding the players not to let up because Irving is out. The players have admitted that they’ve gotten the message.
“A lot of people are saying the series is over, but that’s not true,” Klay Thompson said. “This is a team that’s more than capable. They did beat the Atlanta Hawks twice without him, and that was the best team in the East. So you’ve got to respect what the other guys can do. Obviously, Kyrie’s a huge part of their team. He’s one of their best players. But you can’t let your guard down. They’ve still got guys who are more than capable of making plays.”
In short, the Cavaliers still think they can win, and the Warriors aren’t going to underestimate them. They’ve consistently played well without Irving in the lineup, their defense has improved, and the Warriors only beat them by 8 points in Game 1. Remember, this is still the the team that has LeBron on it.
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