Another game, another blowout. The Golden State Warriors lead the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the NBA Finals after a 110-77 win Sunday night. Though the series is far from over and there will be adjustments on both sides, here are four notable takeaways from Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
Will LeBron Take Over?
We saw it late in the second half when James drove to the lane twice with impressive finishes. He attacked the basket and when that happens, he's nearly impossible to stop. He tried to do more of that in the third quarter, but was whistled for a few travels. When the Warriors don't have an Andrew Bogut in the paint, James needs to drive and either finish at the rim or kick it out. But if it's going to be the latter, he needs help. Either way, this might be a series where James needs to drop 40 to give his team a chance.
Where's The Help?
We'll get to Kevin Love in a bit, but the Cavs as a whole need to help James. Kyrie Irving struggled in Game 2, posting just 10 points. He hit the first two baskets of the game, but then went MIA for much of the game. Outside of Richard Jefferson's 12 points off the bench, the Cavs didn't provide much help. Take out James' 7 of 17 shooting and the Cavs are hitting just 33.8 percent of their shots. James hasn't been as great as he can be, but that won't matter unless he gets some help. Somebody, whether that's Channing Frye, J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova or Iman Shumpert, needs to step up.
Warriors' Big 3
The Warriors got just 20 points from Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in Game 1, but the Splash Brothers matched that figure by the end of the first half. Curry finished with 18 and Thompson with 17, but it was the other member of their big three that was the player of the game. Draymond Green was absurd, putting up 28 point, seven rebounds and five assists. Green was 11 of 20 from the field and 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point line. If Green continues to play like this, the Warriors could sweep the Cavs.
Kevin Love's Status
This is likely what we know the least about at this point. Love took an accidental blow to the head from Harrison Barnes, and went down immediately. He stayed in the game and came out to start the third quarter. But he left early in the third and didn't return. He's been diagnosed with a concussion and is in concussion protocol. His status for Game 3 and even the rest of the series is in doubt. The Cavs need Love healthy and scoring. With no love, the Cavs are in deeper trouble than they're already in.