When is Game 3 of the NBA Finals?

Cleveland showed a lot more fight and heart - and Lue threw a lot of different lineups out there - but when tested Golden State responded with knockout punches.

To start second Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue once again went to a lineup with Kyrie Irving on the floor but no LeBron or Love, and without LeBron they were a quick -9.

James has been attacking early and often, with dunks, layups and a strong three-point play after taking what essentially was a tackle attempt from JaVale McGee on a drive and scoring anyway. Tristan Thompson didn't crash the glass with just four rebounds, and J.R. Smith didn't score.

Even last year's NBA Finals between these same two participants began with a 104-89 victory by the team that would go on to lose in seven. Between Durant, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson, they have three of the best scorers in the game today.

The move may be one of those that comes back to haunt the Warriors in the end if the Cavaliers manage to come back in the series, but for now, it looks like Curry is calm, cool and collected. 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).

There are some impressive streaks that merit some mention going into Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Despite being unable to take part in games, Kerr continued to take a hands-on approach during practice and film sessions.

Cleveland had worn its blue jersey on the road for its first eight games. And so are Cleveland's black jerseys.

"When we get stops, we have to get out". Maybe he's right though-if the Warriors win that series, maybe they don't go out and sign Kevin Durant, and the future of the National Basketball Association is monumentally different. Durant totaled 33 points and 13 rebounds, and Thompson added 22 points and shot 8-for-12 after a poor shooting performance in Game 1.

Kerr said he made the decision Sunday morning.

(If needed) Thursday, June 15: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

Kerr hasn't coached since late April due to lingering problems from back surgery.

Mike Brown has been serving as the Warriors' acting coach since Game 3 of the first round against the Portland Trail Blazers.

  • Eleanor Harrison