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Random dribbles on the Cavaliers’ embarrassment of a 110-77 loss to the host Warriors in Game 2 of the Finals.
1. Well, at least the series shifts to Cleveland now. Don’t know about you, but if I’m rooting for the Cavs, that’s about all I can come up with.
2. Seriously, though. If the Cavs hope to overcome their 2-0 deficit, they’d better man up. It’s time to put on your big boy pants, it’s time to quit being so soft, it’s time to stop letting the Warriors push you around and clap in your face.
3. Even Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said it: “We’ve got to be tougher.”
4. LeBron James had a near triple-double (19 points, nine assists, eight rebounds), but that doesn’t mean he was good. At least, he was not good for a guy who’s supposed to be leading the way.
5. James committed seven turnovers, too often looked lost on defense and couldn’t muster a single point in the first quarter.
6. That’s not to question LeBron’s overall greatness. But he’s been to six straight Finals and it’s up to him to set the winning example on the court. He failed to be that leader in Game 2.
7. That said, LeBron cannot be expected to carry a team to a title by himself. As sad as it is to admit, he just may not be that guy anymore. Plus, he’s getting zero help.
8. Kyrie Irving (10 points) and Kevin Love (five before leaving with a head injury) were supposed to be the younger stars who made winning a championship easier this time around. Oftentimes, though, their inexperience on this stage really shows.
9. Unless the Cavs pull off the biggest shocker in Finals history and come back to win this thing, it may be time to put an end to the current version of the Big Three. So far, it’s fizzled.
10. But that’s talk for another day. Right now, the Cavs have to figure out a way to get involved in this series and give themselves a fighting chance. Don’t ask, though. I have no idea how.
11. But I would’ve said the same thing about the Raptors when they were down 2-0 to the Cavs. I saw no reason for hope. But then they went to Toronto and whipped the Cavs twice. If the Cavs can do the same, and tie the series at 2-all … well, let’s just wait and see.
12. The Warriors have totally shut down the Cavs from the perimeter. Actually, the Warriors held the Cavs to just 35 percent shooting overall in Game 2.
13. But the Cavs were just 5-of-23 on 3-pointers — including a 3-of-16 brickfest by the starters. Former coach and current analyst Hubie Brown called the Cavs’ inability to repeat their early playoff marksmanship the “biggest upset of the Finals.”
14. Love is going through the NBA’s concussion protocol and may not be available for Game 3 Wednesday at The Q. If he can’t play, Lue can either go smaller and start Richard Jefferson or go bigger with Channing Frye — who’s been MIA in the first two games. Jefferson has actually done some nice things.
15. I could ramble on and on about Game 2, but what’s the point? This series starts Wednesday. That has to be the Cavs’ approach — and they’d better pull it together, toughen up and make it clear to the Warriors that this will no longer be easy.