LeBron James had five assists in the first quarter on Sunday night, giving the Cleveland Cavaliers a two-point lead during Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors turned things up in the second quarter, however, and would have a 52-44 lead at halftime. Kevin Love collided with Harrison Barnes in the second quarter, and would leave the game in the third after showing symptoms of a concussion. For Golden State, with Stephen on the bench, Klay Thompson turned things up and the Warriors increased their lead to 20 points heading into the final quarter.
The Kevin Love injury scare couldn’t have come at a worse time. Having finished the first half on a 7-0 run, it looked like Cleveland might turn things around. But in the quarter they lost Love, Golden State outscored Cleveland 30-18. After sweeping the first two rounds of the 2016 NBA Playoffs and winning their first 10, the Cavs are looking at the possibility of being swept by the Golden State Warriors, who didn’t sweep any team in the West, and went a full seven games against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Conference Finals.
This puts a lot of pressure on LeBron James and the Cavs to win both Game 3 and Game 4 if they hope to deliver on the promise of a championship for the city of Cleveland. Otherwise, Steph Curry will take back-to-back championships to Golden State.
Kevin Love concussion update
After leaving the game in the third quarter, Kevin Love never returned to the game. Cleveland said that Love didn’t exhibit any signs of a concussion during the second quarter of play or during halftime. The latest update on Kevin Love at the time of this publishing included the following statement.
“Cavaliers forward Kevin Love experienced dizziness after returning to play at the start of the second half. He was taken to the locker room for further examination. The result of that exam is that he has now been placed in the NBA Concussion Protocol and will not return to play. Kevin did not exhibit any signs or symptoms during the first half, or at halftime, that would have caused him to be placed in the concussion protocol prior to now.”
Cavs-Warriors Game 1 stats
In Game 1, the Warriors leaned heavily on their bench. In Game 2, the regular starters like Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green led the charge in Oakland. Green led the game with 28 points, adding five assists, and seven rebounds. Despite playing less than 25 minutes, Curry had a game-high nine rebounds to compliment his 18 points and four assists. Thompson had 17 points and five assists.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) June 6, 2016
LeBron James had a team-high 19 points for the Cavs, in addition to a game-high nine assists and team-high eight rebounds. Unfortunately for King James, he also had a game-high seven turnovers. Kyrie Irving had just 10 points on the night, while Kevin Love scored just five points before leaving the game.
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NBA Finals: Where To Watch Game 3
Game 3 of the NBA Finals featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors will be Wednesday, June 8, at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Tickets for the game are sold out, although second market options are available to see Cavaliers vs. Warriors live at The Q for Game 3. As of Sunday evening, the cheapest seats were being sold for $280 (before fees and taxes). The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EST and will air on ABC.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals will also be at The Q in Cleveland on Friday, June 10. Assuming the Golden State Warriors don’t sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, Game 5 will return to the Oracle Arena on Monday, June 13. A potential Game 6 would be in Cleveland on Thursday, June 16. If it goes to Game 7, the 2016 NBA Champions will be crowned at Golden State’s arena on Sunday, June 19.
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