After two games of the 2018 NBA Finals, the Golden State Warriors are firmly in control. The Warriors came out on top in each of the first two contests on their home court at Oracle Arena. However, with the series shifting back to Cleveland, the Cavaliers might have a fighting chance.
LeBron James will try to guide his team onto the comeback trail starting on Wednesday night, June 6. The Cavaliers will have to win four of the next five games to pull off the series win.
James is playing outstanding through two meetings but has no wins to show for it. The Warriors big three of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson is proving too much for Cleveland.
The next two games of the series are in Cleveland. The Cavs will need more than just home court to fuel a comeback, though. Someone other than James will need to step up offensively.
LeBron is averaging 40 points per game so far in the series, doing everything he can to will the team to victory. However, his teammates have failed in critical moments.
Cavs face harsh odds in NBA Finals
Teams trailing two games to none have a rough history in the NBA. Out of 301 instances of a 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven series, the team trailing won just 19 times.
However, this Cavaliers team is one of those 19. Cleveland trailed the Boston Celtics 2-0 in the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals but ended up winning the series. Cleveland is facing long odds but proved they could pull it off.
The Cavs came close to pulling off a road win in Game 1 but blew a late chance. With the score tied, Cleveland point guard George Hill missed a free throw with just seconds remaining. Cavs guard JR Smith rebounded the ball.
However, he dribbled out the clock instead of taking a potential game-winning shot.
After the blunder, Cleveland lost in overtime.
Game 2 was a different story, however. Curry and Golden State dominated and won 122-103. Curry nailed nine three-pointers, an NBA Finals record. James totaled 29 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough.
Game 3 tips off at 9 p.m. on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.