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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Can the Cavaliers Win Game 2?

Good afternoon, all.

It has been a few months since I have written anything. I hope to change that in the near future, even as warmer weather lends to spending more time outside.

Anyway, without further adieu, let's get to the subject of today's post.

The Cleveland Cavaliers look to even the series at one apiece when they play the Golden State Warriors tonight, but it will not be easy. The Warriors have played like the team we all thought they were the last four games, and it appears they could very well be on their way to a second consecutive NBA championship.

In fact, upon closer examination it appears the Warriors have much more in common with the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls than just 70+ wins. If Stephen Curry’s 30.4 points per game average during the regular season didn’t seem a bit Jordanesque, then maybe what he has done in the playoffs will equal His Airness. Fighting off a sprained knee, Curry has helped lead his team back to the finals and a 1-0 series lead on the heels of a four-game winning streak. That neither Curry nor Klay Thompson(GS’s version of Scottie Pippen) shot all that well for Golden State on Thursday night (only 8 for 27 from the field) doesn’t bode well for the Cavs heading into game 2.

The good news for Cleveland and its fans is that there is plenty of basketball left to be played. The Cavs need to dust themselves off, forget about Thursday night’s horrid performance, and ready themselves to even the score tonight in Oakland. All questions about Lebron James’ legacy aside, the Cavaliers will need a team effort to be Golden State. Not just tonight, but in the series overall as well. They cannot expect to turn the ball over even a dozen times a game (let alone the 15 turnovers they committed in game 1) and win this series. Nor does shooting 18 of 20 from the line mean all that much when you can’t even shoot above 40% from the field.

So while fans and the media alike contemplate whether this is the best chance for Cleveland to bring home an NBA title, let’s all hope that the players are focused nothing but winning game 2.  

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