2018 NBA Finals – Game 4

Can you believe it? Tonight might be the final night of the 2017-18 NBA season. From Gordon Hayward’s injury to Bryan Colangelo’s wife, we’ve made it all the way to this moment, with the Warriors on the verge of winning a third championship in four seasons, further establishing themselves amongst the greatest teams of all time.

For perhaps the last time this season, I’ve tuned into WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire. Can the Cavs salvage a win and prolong the inevitable? Will this be LeBron’s final game with the Cavs (again)? Who will claim MVP? Will it be a battle until the bitter end, or are the Cavs ready to roll over? All these answers and more in just a few moments, but first, I am going to feed the cat.

9:00 pm – Of all the things I will miss when the season ends, be it tonight or within the next few days, I will absolutely not miss Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson. Not having to listen to them is the best part about the summer.

9:11 – The Warriors win the opening tip, and Game 4 is underway. JaVale McGee misses a goofy layup attempt, but none other than Steph Curry, coming off a ghastly 3-16 shooting performance in Game 3, tips it in, giving the Warriors an opening 2-0 lead.

9:12 – JR Smith knocks down a three to get the Cavs on the board, and put them ahead, 3-2.

9:15 – Steph Curry gets a layup along the baseline, and he’s already got six points, and the Cavs need a time out with the score Golden State 10, Cleveland 3 with 9:23 left in the opening quarter. Early indications are that Curry wants to snatch the MVP back from Durant, while the Cavs seem to be going with the ol’ roll over and die approach to begin the game.

9:23 – Kevin Love knocks down a three, and the Cavs have scored eight in a row to send us into a time out with the score Golden State 13, Cleveland 11 with 6:37 to go in the first. Perhaps they have some fight left after all.

9:29 – Kevin Durant is found all the way down the court for a dunk, and we’ve got another time out with the score Golden State 24, Cleveland 13 with 5:07 left in our opening quarter. The Warriors seem like they’re intent on ending this tonight, and have responded well after the Cleveland’s 8-0 run before the prior time out.

9:40 – We’re here at the end of the first quarter with the score Golden State 34, Cleveland 25. Kevin Love, who has been great this series, has nine points and six rebounds for the Cavs, and Steph Curry has 12 points to lead the Warriors, who are shooting 6-10 from downtown and 59.1% overall. Meanwhile, the Cavs are 8-25 from the floor.

9:44 – Jeff Green opens up the second quarter scoring with a three, cutting the Cavs deficit down to 34-28.

9:53 – We’ve got a time out here after Kevin Durant is fouled, with a score of Cleveland 39, Golden State 38 with 6:59 left in the first half. That’s right the Cavs have taken the lead as the Warriors seem to have taken their foot off the ol’ gas pedal.

Meanwhile, I’ve been distracted by this stupid bullshit…

I love the Celtics, and therefore really want to like and root for Kyrie Irving, but he makes it very, very difficult. This sort of stuff is emblematic of what’s wrong with the (round) world today.

10:04 – George Hill fouls JaVale McGee as he receives an entry pass under the hoop, and we’ll have a time out with the score Golden State 52, Cleveland 47 with 2:50 left until halftime. The Cavs are hanging around, but they’re shooting themselves in the foot with six missed free throws so far.

10:12 – Another time out with 15.5 seconds left in the half and the score Golden State 58, Cleveland 52. I’d tell you more, but now I’m distracted by the trailer for First Man, which aired during the last commercial break…

Why have I been so distracted? Well, despite being a close game, there’s been something pretty routine about it as well.

10:14 – We’re here at halftime and the Warriors have added a Steph Curry three to their tally to make the score Golden State 61, Cleveland 52.

LeBron has 16 points and 5 assists on 6-10 shooting, and JR Smith’s added ten. Steph Curry’s got 20 on 7-13 shooting, and Kevin Durant has 12.

There’s not a whole ton to say about this one. The Cavs have made it pretty close a couple of times, but then the Warriors will put in a few baskets in a row to restore order. I frankly feel more excited about that Neil Armstrong movie than I am the second half of this game.

10:31 – A Klay Thompson floater, his first bucket of the ballgame, is also the first bucket of the second half, giving the Warriors a 63-52 lead.

10:33 – JaVale McGee tips in an offensive rebound, winning the battle for it over Tristan Thompson, and we’ve got a time out with the score Golden State 67, Cleveland 52 with 10:16 left in the third quarter. There’s still a lot of time left, but I think that’s the Cavs band I see warming up…

10:40 – LeBron James finds Kevin Love along the baseline for a layup, and we’ll have a time out with the score Golden State 69, Cleveland 58 with 7:50 left in the third.

10:46 – JR Smith earns a technical foul for batting the ball away from Kevin Durant and into the stands after Durant fouled him. He seems like a prime candidate to find himself ejected.

10:50 – Klay Thompson knocks down a jumper, and we’re going into a time out with the Cavs band playing lively ragtime music to try and keep the passengers calm. The score’s Golden State 79, Cleveland 63 with 4:03 left in the third.

10:59 – The third quarter comes to an end with the score Golden State 86, Cleveland 65. LeBron has 20 points, 8 assists and four fouls, whereas Steph Curry has 25 for the Warriors.

That was a rough third quarter for the home team, in which they were outscored 25-13 and booed by their own home fans. As the Golden State lead grew, Cleveland’s effort and fight has diminished. Not even the lively ragtime music from the Cavs band has been able to help.

11:03 – Rodney Hood gets to the hoop for a layup, earning the first points of the fourth quarter, but the Cavs trail, 86-67. LeBron’s on the bench for the moment.

11:06 – LeBron is heading back into the game as Steph Curry’s at the line for three free throws after being fouled on a shot behind the arc by Kyle Korver, who has had a wretched Finals. Curry hits his free throws, and the Warriors lead is up to 95-70.

11:11 – We’ve got a time out with the score Golden State 97, Cleveland 74 with 7:07 remaining. Hilariously, Warriors coach Steve Kerr has finally put in the vaunted Death Lineup of Curry, Thompson, Durant, Iguodala and Draymond.

11:16 – Oh wow, Kevin Durant’s up to a triple double with 18-11-10. Seems like he’s got that Finals MVP wrapped up.

11:20 – Cedi Osman enters the game for LeBron James as he leaves the court for perhaps the final time with the Cavs. He gets a standing ovation and chants of “MVP” from the crowd, and finishes the night with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Meanwhile, the Warriors lead, 102-77 as we head under four minutes remaining in the season.

11:22 – And now we have a time out with 2:47 remaining and the score Golden State 104, Cleveland 79. There’s nothing left for the Cavs band to do except end the night with a stirring rendition of Nearer My God To Thee…

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11:30 – The final buzzer sounds as Mike Breen declares, “There’s a new dynasty in the NBA!” Your final score of the season: Golden State 108, Cleveland 85. The Warriors engage in what has got to be the most subdued on court championship celebration I’ve ever seen.

LeBron James led the Cavs with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists on 7-13 shooting, ending a legendary playoff run that was stopped dead in its tracks by a superior team. The less said about the rest of the Cavaliers box score, the better, though I will point out that they shot 34.9% tonight, and somehow, Rodney Hood had more shots (14) than LeBron did tonight.

Steph Curry dropped 37 points for the Warriors, and grabbed six rebounds while he was at it. Kevin Durant added 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in the easy victory, and is likely about to win his second consecutive Finals MVP.

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11:39 – Amidst a cacophony of boos from the remaining Cleveland fans, and a fair amount of cheering from the Golden State fans in the crowd, the Warriors are up on the podium receiving the championship trophy. Killing any and all of the small amount of excitement that everyone has about these proceedings, Doris Burke interviews the Warriors owners for awhile. Boring.

11:44 – Bill Russell is here to give out the Finals MVP trophy, and it goes, deservedly so, to Kevin Durant for the second straight season.

11:46 – I love the NBA, obviously, but the way they do this championship ceremony is so…sterile. I miss the days where teams would go nuts on the court and then run off to the locker room to raise hell.

That’s a very good point from the guys over at the Over & Back Podcast. The Warriors have cemented their spot in NBA mythology amongst the rest of the legendary teams. With them around for the foreseeable future, it will only encourage the other teams in the league to bolster their rosters even more, so brace yourselves for an eventful offseason.

But for now, let’s make like LeBron and get the hell out of here.

 

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2018 NBA Finals – Game 3

The NBA Finals have traveled to Cleveland with the Cavs down 0-2. Tonight, it’s perhaps the last shot we have for any intrigue or excitement. If the Cavs fall behind 0-3, we can all start looking ahead to the draft and free agency, making our summer plans, and getting pumped up for the World Cup. I’m frankly not holding out much hope, but I have also been wrong countless times before.

The big news ahead of this one is the return of Andre Iguodala to the Warriors lineup. He’s been out since the Conference Finals. On the Cavs side of things, Rodney Hood is apparently going to get more of a chance tonight. He’s fallen off the face of the earth in these playoffs, and even refused to come off the bench during a blowout against the Raptors. Can he provide a spark? How effective will Iguodala be? Will any of it matter? Are the Cavs toast? Answers to all these questions and more will be forthcoming over the next couple of hours.

8:59 pm – We’re welcomed into the Quicken Loans Arena by Mike Breen and company. As usual, I’m watching on WMUR, the Manchester, New Hampshire ABC affiliate, instead of Boston’s WCVB. What’s the biggest difference between the two? Significantly more state lottery commercials on WMUR.

9:08 – Game still hasn’t started yet.

9:09 – We just had our first lottery commercial of the evening.

9:11 – The game finally begins with the Cavs winning the opening tip and finding Kevin Love for a three.

9:12 – With Draymond Green at the line, a loud “DRAYMOND SUCKS!” chant rings out. Undeterred, he knocks down both free throws, and the Warriors trail 3-2 as we start things off.

9:14 – LeBron throws the ball off the backboard and then slams it home, putting the Cavs up 12-4 early. The Cavs, and their fans, are very fired up, and their supporting players are already playing better than they have in Games 1 & 2.

9:17 – Kevin Love steals the ball from Kevin Durant and goes in for a layup, and the Warriors need a time out with the score Cleveland 14, Golden State 4 with 7:57 left in the first quarter.

The Cavs look very spry so far, and have been quite aggressive on the offensive end, however, it’s on defense where they have their biggest problems. and I’m sure the Warriors will go on one of their patented runs before too long.

9:22 – Steph Curry commits his second foul, but will remain in the game for now. Aside from playing better, the Cavs also seem to be getting a friendlier whistle from the refs than they did out in Oakland.

9:25 – Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson get into it early, earning double techs. Of course, ABC’s cameras are focused on something less exciting.

9:28 – Steph Curry gets to the hoop for a layup, and we’ll head into a time out with the score Cleveland 22, Golden State 14 with 3:38 left in an increasingly hostile first quarter.

Lots of stuff going on early.

9:39 – We’re here at the end of the first quarter with the score Cleveland 29, Golden State 28.

Kevin Love got off to an aggressive start for the Cavs, notching seven points and six rebounds. JR Smith also has seven for Cleveland. For the Warriors, Kevin Durant has 13 points and all seven of their rebounds, on 4-4 shooting.

The Warriors survived and nearly erased the opening onslaught from the Cavs. It would be quite demoralizing for Cleveland if they can’t capitalize on their strong start.

9:44 – LeBron James cleans up his own missed layup and puts in the offensive board, scoring the first points of the second quarter and extending the Cavs lead to 31-28.

9:46 – After LeBron banks a layup in off the glass, we’ll have a time out with the score Cleveland 35, Golden State 28 with 9:20 left until halftime. The Cavs have continued nabbing offensive rebounds (eight so far), and it’s been enough to keep them ahead. Well, that and Steph Curry & Klay Thompson are a combined 2-12 from the field.

9:51 – Shaun Livingston misses his first shot of the Finals (he’s now 11-12 for the series), thanks to a block from none other than the much maligned Rodney Hood.

9:54 – LeBron James drives to the hoop for another layup, and we’ve got another time out with the score Cleveland 42, Golden State 34 with 6:40 left in the first half. The Cavs continue to maintain the lead…

10:10 – Andre Iguodala is seen heading to the locker room before halftime. He hasn’t looked great so far tonight.

10:11 – We’re here at halftime with the scoreboard reading Cleveland 58, Golden State 52.

Kevin Love has 15 & 10 on 6-10 shooting to lead the Cavs, while LeBron’s racked up 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists on 7-15 shooting, though he’s at times it’s seemed that a tweaked ankle seems to be bothering him.

Continuing with the Cavs, JR Smith contributed ten points, and Rodney Hood had a helpful stint off the bench with six points, four rebounds and a couple of blocks in ten minutes of action.

Kevin Durant has singlehandedly kept the Warriors in the game with 24 points and 8 rebounds on 7-10 shooting, offsetting the combined 4-18 performance from Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

We’ll see if the Warriors come out of halftime with one of their trademark offensive avalanches, and whether or not the Cavs will be able to handle it if they do.

10:27 – Draymond Green finds JaVale McGee for a dunk to get the second half started, cutting the Warriors deficit down to 58-54.

10:29 – Doris Burke chimes in from the sideline to tell us that Andre Iguodala has a leg contusion, a new injury, and not an aggravation of the one that’s kept him out of the past several games. He’s available to return but “will be monitored”.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant cans a three, and he’s up to 27, and this is a two point game with the Warriors trailing, 61-59.

10:30 – Steph Curry can’t finish a fast break with a layup, but JaVale McGee is there for the offensive board and the bucket, and we’re heading into a time out with the score now Cleveland 61, Golden State 61 with 10:13 left in the third.

10:34 – Steph Curry hits a pair of free throws, giving the Warriors nine straight points, and their first lead of the night at 63-61.

10:35 – After a three second violation, Kevin Love puts in the technical free throw, and the Cavs are down, 63-62.

10:36 – An unfortunate pass from Kevin Durant leads to a turnover, and LeBron James finds Tristan Thompson under the hoop for a reverse layup, plus a foul. He misses the free throw, but the Cavs have the lead back at 64-63.

10:37 – Draymond Green drives to the hoop, then flips a pass over to JaVale McGee for an easy bucket, giving the Warriors a 65-64 lead.

10:38 – Draymond now finds Kevin Durant for an easy layup, pushing the Warriors lead up to 67-64.

10:39 – This time, it’s Draymond that’s found under the hoop for an easy layup, and the Warriors run is up to 15-3 as the Cavs take a time out with the score Golden State 69, Cleveland 64 with 7:44 left in the third.

10:43 – After a rare Kevin Durant miss, LeBron James comes storming back down the court for a layup and the Cavs trail, 69-66.

10:44 – George Hill cans a three, and we’re tied up at 69…

…but Kevin Durant responds with a three of his own, with help from a friendly bounce off the rim and backboard, and the Warriors go up, 72-69.

10:45 – JR Smith joins the fun, hitting a three and tying us right back up at 72.

10:46 – Now it’s Klay Thompson’s turn. His three returns the lead to the Warriors at 75-72.

On their next trip down the court, Kevin Durant finds Draymond Green for a dunk, and we’re back up to a two possession game with Golden State ahead, 77-72.

10:47 – Tristan Thompson hits a little hook shot in the paint, but Kevin Durant rises up for a shot in the paint, and he’s up to 34 points on 11-15 shooting, giving the Warriors a 79-74 edge.

10:48 – Two Kevin Love free throws cuts the Cavs deficit to 79-76.

10:49 – Steph Curry, who is 1-11 from the field this evening, is seen sauntering back to the locker room, though he doesn’t seem hurt. Perhaps he just has to pee.

Meanwhile, a Rodney Hood jumper inspires a Warriors time out with the score Golden State 79, Cleveland 78 with 2:39 left in the third.

10:51 – Kevin Durant bounces a nice pass to Shaun Livingston, who flies in down the baseline for a dunk, pushing the Warriors lead to 81-78.

LeBron James follows it up by pushing his way through the paint for a bucket to keep this a one point game, with the Cavs trailing, 81-80.

10:52 – Klay Thompson zips in for a layup, and the Warriors lead goes back up to three, at 83-80.

10:53 – Rodney Hood splits a pair from the line, and Cleveland’s down, 83-81. In other news, LeBron’s on the bench, taking his first rest of the night.

10:55 – We’re here at the end of the third quarter with the score Golden State 83, Cleveland 81.

LeBron’s up to 21 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists on 10-21 shooting, while Kevin Durant’s at 34 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists on 11-17 shooting.

That was a pretty awesome third quarter. The Warriors looked primed to run away with it, but the Cavs were able to stay in the game, and they’ve got a chance to notch a much needed win as we head down the stretch here in Game 3.

10:59 – Rodney Hood comes up with another bucket to kick off the fourth quarter, tying us up at 83.

11:00 – Jordan Bell is found under the basket for an easy hoop, and the Warriors go right back ahead, 85-83.

11:01 – Jordan Bell splits a pair of free throws, but it’s enough to get the Warriors lead up to 86-83.

11:03 – Two free throws from LeBron makes this a one point game with the Cavs behind, 86-85.

After Steph Curry misses another shot (he’s down to 1-13 from the floor), Rodney Hood comes back and puts in a basket, putting the Cavs up 87-86.

11:04 – Kevin Durant knocks down a jumper, and the Warriors regain the lead at 88-87.

11:05 – Larry Nance goes 1-2 from the line, and we’re tied at 88, but Shaun Livingston responds with a jumper, and Golden State is back ahead, 90-88.

Rodney Hood then spins and hits a little one handed shot, and we’re tied once again, 90-90.

11:06 – Kevin Durant comes back with another jumper, and he’s up to 38, and the Warriors are up 92-90.

11:07 – LeBron splits a couple of free throws, and the Cavs deficit slightly improves to 92-91.

11:09 – LeBron ventures into the paint against Draymond Green and gets a shot to go over him, and the Cavs go up, 93-92.

On the other end, Kevin Durant finds Andre Iguodala for a layup, and we’re heading into a time out with the score Golden State 94, Cleveland 93 with 6:04 left in what’s turned out to be an awesome game, although, I feel like it should be much louder in the Quicken Loans Arena. The home fans seem tense.

Oh, check it out, LeBron’s up to a triple double with 26-10-11, and Kevin Durant’s up to 38-13-6.

11:15 – Two LeBron free throws put the Cavs back ahead, 95-94.

11:16 – Kevin Durant comes right back and sticks a jumper. He’s up to 40, and the Warriors are back ahead, 96-95.

11:17 – Durant loses a rebound opportunity out of bounds, and we’ll have a time out with the score still Golden State 96, Cleveland 95 with 3:19 to go.

11:22 – A couple of Kevin Love free throws gives the lead back to the Cavs, at 97-96.

Draymond Green then finds Steph Curry, who scoops in a layup, finally getting a shot to fall to give the Warriors a 98-97 lead.

Oh man, on his next trip down the court, Curry frees himself with a nice crossover, and nails a three to put the Warriors ahead, 101-97.

11:23 – LeBron James answers with a three of his own! It’s back to a one point game with the Cavs behind 101-100 as we go under two minutes remaining.

Kevin Durant then finds Andre Iguodala in the paint, who soars unimpeded to the hoop for a one hand slam to extend the Warriors lead to 103-100.

11:24 – Kevin Durant puts in a long three! It’ll take us into a time out with the score Golden State 106, Cleveland 100 with just 49.8 seconds on the clock. He’s up to 43 on the night.

11:27 – Steph Curry finds Draymond Green along the baseline for an easy jam, and we’ll have another time out with the score Golden State 108, Cleveland 102 with 25 seconds to go.

11:30 – This one comes to an end with a final score of Golden State 110, Cleveland 102.

LeBron James finished the night with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists on 13-28 shooting. Kevin Love added 20 points and 13 boards, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Rodney Hood’s 15 points and 6 rebounds on 7-11 shooting off the bench.

Kevin Durant was brilliant with 43 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists on 15-23 shooting. The Warriors particularly needed him tonight with Steph Curry shooting 3-16 overall, and 1-10 from downtown. That being said, his scoop layup, followed by his lone three of the evening, pushed the Warriors ahead for good down the stretch.

The Cavs came out of the gates looking sharp, the crowd was fired up, and their role players looked ready to contribute, and none of it amounted to a hill of beans because Kevin Durant went berserk. Now, the Warriors are up 3-0 and head into Friday night’s Game 4 looking for a sweep.

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NBA Finals – Game 2

8:01 pm – I just came storming into my house having come home from the legendary ice cream store, Kimball’s, just in time for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. I’m joined by my pals Brendan and Jared, who are not big basketball fans, but they appreciate a good game.

Tonight, the Cavs will try to bounce back from that ridiculous Game 1 loss, which may be too tall a task after such a deflating experience. Luckily for them, neither Tristan Thompson or Kevin Love was suspended for the riff-raff that happened towards the end of the game. For the Warriors, Klay Thompson, dealing with an ankle injury, is in the lineup and ready for action, but we’ll see if the injury limits him at all. Andre Iguodala remains out. Also, JaVale McGee is starting at center for the Warriors, so literally anything and everything is about to happen. Take cover.

8:11 – The Warriors win the opening tip, and immediately find JaVale McGee for an easy dunk to begin the game.

8:13 – LeBron James gets to the hoop and gets his layup attempt goaltended to get the Cavs on the board, trialing 4-2.

8:16 – A steal leads to a Draymond Green dunk down the court, and we’ve got our first time out with the score Golden State 15, Cleveland 6 with 8:14 left in the first quarter. The Warriors are shooting 7-7 to start the game, and it’s already looking like a run away, frankly.

8:25 – Kevin Love steps out of bounds, and we’ll have a time out with the score Golden State 21, Cleveland 17 with 4:34 left in the opening quarter. The Warriors are still hot from the field with 10-12 shooting, yet their lead is just four.

8:34 – Steph Curry finds Shaun Livingston under the hoop for an easy bucket, sending us into another time out with the score Golden State 30, Cleveland 24 with 1:44 left in the first quarter. The Cavs have been able to hang in, but their crummy defense is betraying them. They’re giving up too many easy baskets, and the Warriors are up to 14-19 shooting as a result.

8:40 – Here at the end of the first quarter, our score’s Golden State 32, Cleveland 28. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have seven to lead the Warriors, who ended the quarter with 15-23 shooting. LeBron James is already on his way to a triple double with a 10-4-5 line after one.

I frankly am surprised it’s just a four point game, but whether or not they’re able to keep it close isn’t going to matter for the Cavs if they can’t figure out how to play better defense.

8:45 – Kevin Durant puts in the first two points of the second quarter with a jumper that extends the Warriors lead to 34-28.

8:46 – After Klay Thompson gets his shot blocked by Kyle Korver, Brendan exclaims, “Oh, what the fuck is that!? I can do that! I’ve thrown trash cans more accurately than that!”

8:48 – Klay Thompson hits a long two with a foot on the line, and we’ll head into a time out with the score Golden State 39, Cleveland 30 with 9:12 left until halftime.

8:58 – Steph Curry knocks down a three, and we’ll have a time out with the score Golden State 47, Cleveland 36 with 6:11 to go in the first half.

And now, A Tale of Two Players…

9:07 – In between a pair of George Hill free throws, we’ve got a time out with the score Golden State 51, Cleveland 39 with 3:12 left until halftime. After remaining in shouting distance throughout the game, the Cavs seem to be running out of gas. How unfortunate.

9:08 – “I’m going to say: overuse of the word bucket in this game. I understand it’s part of the standard lexicon, but, they’re overusing it in this game.” – Brendan on the announcers.

9:14 – We’ve made it to halftime with the scoreboard reading Golden State 59, Cleveland 46.

Steph Curry has 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, Kevin Durant has 13 on 5-6 shooting, and Klay Thompson’s chipped in with ten.

LeBron James has 15, 7 & 8, and George Hill’s added 12, but they’re shooting just 34.8% overall as the game’s gotten away from them a little bit, and of course now, they face the impending Warriors Third Quarter Volcanic Eruption.

9:29 – We spent halftime drinking beer and talking in the kitchen. Now we’re good and ready for the second half.

9:30 – Tristan Thompson hauls in an offensive rebound and gets a bucket (sorry, Brendan) out of it, cutting the Cavs deficit to 59-48 as we begin the third quarter.

9:39 – LeBron James bounces a pass to Tristan Thompson for a dunk, and the Cavs continue to keep it at least a little interesting with the score Golden State 72, Cleveland 66 with 6:27 left in the third quarter. That being said, it doesn’t seem like the Warriors are in any danger here.

9:50 – More from Brendan: “That’s the second time he’s said downtown in the last few minutes. It’s called a thesaurus!

9:51 – We’ve got a time out with the score Golden State 85, Cleveland 77 with 2:32 left in the third quarter.

10:02 – Here at the end of the third quarter, the score’s Golden State 90, Cleveland 80. Kevin Durant has 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists on 8-11 shooting. Meanwhile, LeBron has 22-8-12 and Kevin Love’s chipped in 20 points and 10 boards. The Cavs actually outscored the Warriors in the third quarter, by a mere three points, and while they avoided the usual Golden State third quarter eruption, they also didn’t make too much of a dent in the deficit.

10:07 – LeBron opens the fourth quarter with a three, and he’s up to 25 points, and the Cavs have their deficit down to 90-83. Can they make of a bit of a run here?

10:08 – The answer is no. Steph Curry nails back to back threes, and the Cavs take a time out with the score Golden State 96, Cleveland 83 with 10:11 remaining.

10:15 – LeBron James drives to the hoop for a one hand jam, and we’ll head into a time out with the score Golden State 100, Cleveland 89 with 8:11 to go.

10:24 – Stpeh Curry bounces a pass to Kevin Durant for a dunk, and this one’s pretty much wrapped up with the score up to Golden State 111, Cleveland 93 with 5:15 remaining. Curry’s tied Ray Allen’s record with eight three pointers in a Finals game.

10:29 – With the Cavs in full garbage time mode, Steph Curry knocks down his ninth three of the night, setting the NBA Finals single game record. He’s up to 33 points, 16 of which have come here in the fourth. On the way back up the court, Draymond Green commits a foul so the Warriors can get their starters on the bench for the final few minutes.

10:37 – This one comes to an end with a final score of Golden State 122, Cleveland 103.

Steph Curry led the way with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists, setting the record for threes in a Finals game by going 9-17 from beyond the arc. Kevin Durant was great tonight, scoring 26 and adding nine boards and seven assists, shooting an efficient 10-14 from the floor. Klay Thompson added 20 on 8-13 shooting.

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LeBron James finished with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists. Kevin Love added 22 points and 10 boards, but the Cavs didn’t have nearly enough tonight. They were able to keep it respectable until the fourth quarter, when the Warriors lit them up and pulled away. They head back to Cleveland down 2-0.

We’ll see if the Cavs can make a series out of it at home, but after two games, it doesn’t seem like they can hang with Golden State. Even when this game was kind of close, it seemed like such a routine win that we were only really half paying attention. There was something procedural about the game, and there was never any doubt that the Warriors were going to win.

Game 3 is Wednesday.