Warriors defeat Cavaliers to take 2-0 lead in NBA Finals


Going back to last season, nine of the last 11 games between Golden State and Cleveland have been decided by double digits.

"He's been around, the last couple weeks especially, giving us input and giving us what he's got", Curry said of Kerr.

Cavaliers: Tristan Thompson scored his first points of the series on a driving dunk midway through the first quarter.

Unless that changes quickly, Cavs-Warriors III could end up being a much shorter series than the first two editions of the Finals trilogy that the teams split. "I don't know. We have not lost, so that's a good indication that it was not a distraction". Kerr's picture was shown on the videoboard as the fans stood and cheered.

Slowing down the Warriors killer transition offense is a must and requires communication amongst the Cavs as they hustle back down the floor. His teams have won at least one road game in 37 of the first 40, with the lone exceptions being the 2007 NBA Finals (against San Antonio), the 2008 Eastern Conference semifinals (against Boston) and the 2009 East finals (against Orlando).

However, this Game 2 is massive for Cavaliers. After struggling a bit in a four-game sweep of in in the first round, Cleveland turned it on against Toronto and Boston.

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Curry provided the coach more than a glimpse of his greatness from up close after Kerr had been watching games from the locker room while speaking to his players beforehand and at halftime. And so are Cleveland's black jerseys. But we've still got to play. It didn't matter who I was guarding, I was trying to make it tough on them just to get a good look.

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Kevin Love provided a needed scoring boost in Game 2 after Kyrie Irving did the same in Game 1 but nearly no one else came through, sending the Cavs to a 132-113 loss and an 0-2 series deficit.

Assistant coach Mike Brown served as the acting head coach and had an 11-0 record in Kerr's absence.

Kerr coached Game 2 against the Blazers in the first round but began suffering symptoms from back surgery that included debilitating headaches and nausea, forcing him to miss more than a month of Golden State's playoff run.

Tip-off is scheduled for at 8:00 p.m. ET.