NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

Posted June 08, 2017

"His defense was fantastic, and we needed (it)", Kerr said of Durant, whose feat matched that of Hakeem Olajuwon in 1986 and Tim Duncan in 2003.

"Underrated?" Durant responded when recently asked about the perception of his D.

As if their roster was already unfair enough, Golden State instantly found results from their new defensive stalwart.

The Warriors have a 1-0 lead against LeBron James and the Cavs.

Then again, Smith was scuffling through the first two games of last season's Finals and came back with 20 points in Game 3. It will be an even taller task now, with the Warriors deploying Kevin Durant.

Right now all that matters is Game 3 on Wednesday. We've been here. The guys that were here a year ago understand it's the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we've got two more games to go. "There's an eight on the stat sheet that I need to correct when we go to Cleveland, because the points that I gave up off turnovers in their building will electrify the crowd and their team and the things that we have to eliminate", Curry said. "But the second half, I think we settled in, tried to play simple and defensively just tried to contest their shots".

"(He'll say), 'We're better than that, we need to do this, we need to do that.' It's whatever needs to be said. "That's what makes it so much fun, to feel the energy of the Finals".

He insists he can do even more. But going over the edge isn't going to win me a championship.

"Are you a smart guy?" he shot back.

"I have the same confidence level I've had since I started playing this game", Smith said. "I have the physical tools, but it's also about mentally knowing what to do". Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had eight prior finals triple doubles.

Klay Thompson has been earning his check on the defensive end in the NBA Finals.

Kevin Durant hit a game-high 33 points, while Stephen Curry recorded his first play-off triple-double, with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

"His defense was awesome, and we needed it".

The unbeaten Warriors had been 11-0 under acting coach Mike Brown - "My guy did OK while I was gone", Kerr said with a grin - with Kerr sidelined.

But he didn't get it off. Durant rose with those tarantula arms and completely ate Love's hook shot, palming it, staring Love down and then starting a fastbreak the other way. So that's a pretty scary proposition for us. But that Warriors team had Harrison Barnes instead of Durant.

"We're just trying to just stay in the moment". "That hasn't happened in a while", he said. He leaps buildings in a single bound. But he struggled down the stretch on both ends of the floor, scoring just two fourth-quarter points and turning the ball over four times. They are now two wins away from making their case as the greatest team of all time. "We have an eclectic system".

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.

"Playing an unbelievably good, competitive team, dominant team". He carved out an all-star career from being a second-round draft pick and is willing to take on whoever he has to.

The Warriors have done a great job limiting Kyrie Irving, who is shooting 40% from the field in the Finals, and they have made it clear they don't want the Irving-James combo beating them. I wanted to string together a few good days. They did it last year, the year before and now again this season. He is surrounded by mostly neutral or minus defenders and the Warriors style of play exposes that.