Welcome to your block party Cleveland. If the Cavaliers thought things couldn’t get any worse in Golden State after Game One they were sadly mistaken. Andrew Bogut set the tone with 4 blocked shots in a 4.3 minute span during the opening quarter of Game Two as the Warriors turned the Cavs aside 9 times and held them to 35.4 percent shooting from the field in the 110-77 laugher.
Cleveland kept the game close for the first 16 minutes, but after that everything started going Golden State’s way. To no one’s surprise both Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson found their shooting touch after an off night in Game One, both shooting 4-8 from three-point land in a contest no one from the NBA winningest team ever had to play big minutes in. The overmatched Cavs had given up by the end of the third quarter.
It was the kind of game you might expect when a 73-win team faces a 57-win squad on home turf. Everyone the Warriors put on the court was effective and even the deep bench saw minutes in this one. The home team shot 54.3 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three and outrebounded their opponent by 12.
Somehow, for the second game in a row, the Warriors managed to keep the Cavs from shooting their usual 30+ three-point attempts or connecting on the ones they did throw up. In two games now, the Cavs are firing 10 fewer three-pointers per game than they did in the first three playoff series and instead of nailing over 40 percent, it’s been a discouraging 27.3 percent clip. If Cleveland can’t find a way to hoist more threes and hit them at a reasonable rate, this series won’t be coming back to Oracle after Game Four.
Draymond Green had a big scoring night, going 11-20 from the field for 28 points. Someone might want to actually guard the three-point line when he has the ball, he did shoot 38.8 percent from deep during the regular season.
To make matters worse, Kevin Love was hit in the head with an elbow and eventually was subject to the NBA’s concussion protocol. It looked like a solid blow, so if player safety is a top priority, it should come as no surprise if Love is out for a couple of weeks, but everyone will likely just have to wait a day or two for a final determination.
The best news Cleveland got out of this is the next two games are back home and in an NBA playoffs where blowouts have been frequently followed by comebacks – especially when returning to one’s own building, the Cavs have to be drawing some solace.
All the Warriors did was protect home court – rather dramatically. All the Cavs have to do is eke out two wins at Quicken Loans Arena and this series will start to seriously resemble the one they just took from Toronto. (Except the Cavs are the underdogs this time.)