Same starters for Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Jason Heyward

Jason Heyward

It's halftime of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and Golden State leads Cleveland 67-64.

"It's going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out", said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.

But what he was lacking in shooting from the floor and in ball security, he made up for in everything else, with his important rebounding rate, as well as his 14 made free throws. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had eight prior finals triple doubles. That's two more than the Warriors had as a team in Game 1.

A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Instead he committed not one, but two fouls on 3-point shot attempts this evening.

Attles played for the Warriors in some of the franchise's most memorable games, including Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point masterpiece in 1962. "So that's how I look at it".

"Both of them, to me, it seemed like it's personal for both of them". "I get drawn in too much of what I'm doing right now in the present and my only focus is what I can to help this team be better for game two".

Coach Steve Kerr has returned to the Warriors' bench Sunday after missing the last 11 games while dealing with complications following back surgeries, and naturally got a huge roar from the Golden State faithful at Oracle Arena when introduced.

The game changed quite a bit tonight from Game 1. "They put us on our heels, and we were able to respond".

That's been quite evident through two games. This type of interview format doesn't help, as LeBron James skipping the podium reminded us. "And our ability to make sure that when we're mismatched in transition, that the only thing that matters is stopping the basketball and settling down in the half court, then we match up from there". "They're just going to muck the game up and be physical". There were few gimmes.

But it wasn't the players on Cleveland that showed this frustration. "If the Cavaliers are going to duplicate what we saw a year ago, they'll have to figure out how to slow the Warriors" lightning scoring pace while getting other people involved in the scoring. Even that didn't matter. Playing against the Warriors, you can't just play hard.

Durant's addition to the Warriors have made them virtually un-guardable, but what many may have overlooked was his value defensively. And the Warriors have 13 turnovers already, which the Cavs have turned into 17 points. "They won their first two games like they're supposed to".

Granted there were some improvements on the Warriors side as well.

Golden State is up by double digits again, 83-73 after the first 3 minutes of the third quarter in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Thompson had a brutal Game 1, with just six points on 3 of 16 shooting (0 of 5 from 3-point range).

While Kerr loved that part of the game, the start of it was probably the absolute worst thing for the returning coach. He's been ineffective in back-to-back games.

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