NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

  • NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan's last title in 1998

Can Cavs star LeBron James pull out a victory at home?

Don't get me wrong, the Cavs and the Warriors are obviously the two best teams in the league, but things have become so predictable that it is becoming nearly unbearable to watch.

The Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio.

Friday, June 9: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

A 150-point game isn't even out of reach.

"So, I mean, it's easy to draw back on a year ago because it was a tough series for us".

Historically, the Warriors run holds up.

"But we are here, we're more focused on what happened previous year like in terms of we were up 2-0 and we came here and the series shifted".

It is an interesting place where the National Basketball Association sits today, a player such as Paul on the verge of being paid as much as $1 million every two games, and he still can't afford a chance to win. The power forward struggled at times in Cleveland's two losses at Oracle Arena, and he has been at the center of trade rumors for much of the time since he signed a five-year contract with the Cavs in the summer of 2015.

"I'm feeling better. I'm feeling more like I did at the end of the regular season", Kerr said.

Somehow, the Cavaliers have to change all that.

Cavaliers small forward James, 32, made 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to draw level with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson on eight post-season triple-doubles. The opponent and the situation are the same, yet things feel different. I know it's going to take some time for us to adjust. By comparison, the first two games of the 2016 NBA Finals averaged a 6.9 in the demo. It was the second time in the postseason they committed at least 20 turnovers, and yet they scored at least 120 points in both games. Last year, though, Green said that Golden State was "absolutely" aiming for the 73-win record.

"We want 15-0", Kerr said. They're up 2-0 now after winning Game 1 by 22 and Game 2 by 19. "That's something that I can control, just being smarter with the ball".

The Cavaliers don't have that luxury. James will provide another triple-double, but Irving will flash on the 2017 NBA Finals stage with 35 points to put his stamp on the series. "We got to keep going and keep our foot on the gas and keep getting better every day", said Curry. Those are points with the clock stopped, AKA an Over bettors best friend. "I feel like I can make any and every shot". Right now, they want to be associated strictly with their artwork on the hardwood, not in the studio. Unfortunately for the Cavs, the result of the game was much of the same, as Golden State routed Cleveland 132-113. They've blown the doors off of LeBron James and company in both games in the third quarters, outscoring the Cavs by 13 points in Game 1 and 11 on Sunday.

It's not his fault that Durant is the greatest pure scorer in the league, or that he has the handle of a guard. But they would not have been putting together a run such as this in the process: Running the great James into exhaustion. When Cleveland fell behind 2-0 in last year's finals, The Vertical's Chris Mannix reported that Love could be on his way to another team that offseason.

"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said. Given the way the series has gone so far, one might wonder why people are still tuning in and the series continues to rake in historic ratings.