Breakfast Special: Steph Gonna Steph On LeBron

Well, Golden State is up 2-0 on Cleveland. Again.

And after Game 4 in Cleveland, the Warriors will probably be up 3-1 in the series. Again. After all, in a five-game series, the losing team wins Game 3.

And the Warriors will win the series in five. Again.

Game 2 featured Stephen Curry breaking the Finals record for three-pointers by shooting 9-of-17 from out there, Contrast the Jordan era…

Oh, the times, they are a-changin’.

And in case you don’t want to be arsed to read about the game flow of a spectacularly dull, uninteresting Game 2, here’s the highlights early:

Steph hit a lot of threes. LeBron James was a rebound shy of a triple-double in a game the Warriors won 122-103.

The funny thing about this game is that the Warriors hit their first seven shots, ran out to a 15-6 lead…and then the game got static.

There’s no other way to describe it. Cleveland pulled within four at 21-17, got within two at 26-24, but on a Curry three-pointer with 6:12 left in the second quarter, the Warriors took their first double-digit lead.

Cleveland got as close as five on a couple of occasions in the third quarter, but every time they got close, the Warriors scored and restored order.

But after a LeBron three pulled the margin within seven a minute into the fourth quarter, Steph hit a pair of threes on consecutive possessions and the Cavs never again pulled within single digits.

So it was a game with zero lead changes, no point after the first quarter where the game was even within one possession, only two occasions in the third where it was even a two-possession game, and one where Cleveland never looked like threatening to take the game away.

Basketball where one team is just flat-out better than the other one isn’t any fun, and Game 2 was just a mess.

And don’t blame the refs, please, Cavs nation. The referees called 15 fouls on the Cavaliers and 25 on the Warriors. Cleveland shot 26 free throws (making 20), while the Dubs shot 21 free throws (making 13.) That’s a seven-point advantage from the free throw line.

As it was in Game 1, the Warriors won the field goal percentage battle, the three-point battle, and the assist battle,

Unlike in Game 1, Golden State lost the turnover and free throw battles.

And yet Game 2 was a blowout while Game 1 was a game that went to overtime.

The Warriors won’t shoot 57.3 percent from the field in every game. They won’t shoot 69.6 percent on two-point shots like they did in Game 2.

The only question left is whether the Cavs have enough firepower to do more than win a token Game 3 that the loser wins on their way to dropping Game 4 at home and bowing out on the road in Game 5.

Kevin Durant had 26 points on 10-of-14 (71.4 percent), while Klay Thompson had 20 on 8-of-13 (61.5 percent.) Curry shot the ball relatively poorly (11-of-26, 42.3 percent) but thanks to all those threes put up a .596 eFG%, showing the overwhelming power of “three is more than two,”

And maybe it’s just nitpicky to say Steph was 2-of-9 on two-pointers; the rest of his team was 30-of-37 (81.1 percent.)

JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston couldn’t miss, hitting 11 of those two-pointers by themselves:

Look at the duel and the takeover of the top spot in this stat:

And Kevin Durant was Johnny on the spot:

Game 3 should be fun. Unless the Warriors just come into the Q and stomp the Cavs into dust. But no matter what happens, we’ll have the highlights, so stay tuned and thanks for reading!