If there was one takeaway from game two of the finals last night between the Warriors and Cavaliers, it’d be this, Kevin Durant is hungry for a championship.
Coming up on the year anniversary of Durant’s signing with the Warriors, he now stands just two wins away from capturing his first title. Coming off an impressive 38 point performance in a game one win, Durant was hot again on Sunday night, scoring 33 points, helping Golden State to a 132-113 win, going up two games to zero in the series.
One of the biggest storylines coming into the game, was the return of Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. Kerr had been out six weeks, due to health issues. He was back on the sideline to witness his team put up one of the most impressive offensive performances by a team in recent finals history. The Warriors exploded, as well as the Cavaliers in the first quarter, with Golden State putting up forty points in the first twelve minutes.
While the Warriors were lighting up the scoreboard all night, LeBron James had himself another spectacular game, tying Magic Johnson’s record with his eighth triple double in a finals game. James finished with 29 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Kevin Love quietly had 27 points, while Kyrie Irving struggled, going 8-23 from the field shooting.
As well as Durant having another big night, Steph Curry was again masterful. Curry also finished with a triple double, with 32 points, 11 assists and ten rebounds. Though the best news for Golden State might have been the reemergence of Klay Thompson, who woke up from drought, shooting 8-12 for 22 points.
Now, coming off back to back double digit losses, the Cavs know that game three on Wednesday back in Cleveland is a must win. Never has the home court advantage of the Quicken Loans Arena meant more than the next two games for the Cavaliers. To avoid another possible 3-1 deficit, or even a sweep, Cleveland will have to win the next two games at home to even the series. The one main difference in being down 2-0 in 2017 compared to the same situation last year, is Kevin Durant.
We all know that these are the best two teams that basketball has to offer, and its pretty special to think about. Recently retired player Paul Pierce in a postgame show, told a national audience that Durant had surpassed Lebron James as the worlds best player.
While Pierce may stand by his comments, LeBron is still the undisputed king of basketball, and also the reigning champ, and Durant is still looking for his first ring. Game three on Wednesday will serve as Durant’s biggest game of his life up to this point, and he’ll have to go through the king to get the title.