CLEVELAND — If the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to rescue these NBA Finals from their current course, they are going to have to do so behind superior effort and execution. The Golden State Warriors are not going to oblige them with any additional help.
The Warriors have been here before, up 2-0 with what looks like a superior team headed into a Game 3 in Cleveland. It’s where they were last year. Yes, they have Kevin Durant now, both teams are different, but the Warriors are fully aware of what can happen if they get complacent.
“We’ve been up 3-1 before,” Draymond Green said Tuesday, uttering that phrase the Warriors avoid like the plague. “There’s no feeling of, ‘we’re almost there.’ You have to play every game like you’re down. To say we’re up 2-0, we’re good, we’ve still got two more games to win and they’ll be way harder than the first two.”