Despite two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both being held to less than 20 points again, Golden State routed Cleveland 110-77 as a six-point home favorite in Game 2 on Sunday.
The Warriors improved to 7-0 straight up and 6-1 against the spread in the past seven meetings, according to the Odds Shark NBA Database.
While the struggles of Curry and Thompson have continued, their teammates have more than picked up the slack to give Golden State a commanding 2-0 lead and make the defending NBA champs massive -800 betting favorites (wager $800 to win $100) to earn back-to-back titles based on the updated series price.
In Game 2, it was Draymond Green who stepped up with 28 points for the Warriors with no Cavaliers player scoring more than 19.
Cleveland’s LeBron James finished with team highs in scoring (19), assists (nine) and rebounds (eight), doing exactly what he did a year ago in carrying his team in the NBA Finals. But as great as James is, his teammates have again let him down, especially the backcourt of Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith in Game 2.
That duo combined for 15 points on 7-of-20 shooting, including 1-of-7 from three-point range, with Curry and Thompson still more than doubling that amount with 35 even though they also fell short of expectations.
Smith in particular must find a way to make an impact to get the Cavs back into the series at Quicken Loans Arena after averaging four points in the first two games. He averaged 12.4 during the regular season and at least 11 per game in each of the previous three rounds this postseason.
Cleveland’s bench also remains a major concern, with Channing Frye scoring only two points in 11 total minutes during the series.
Kevin Love’s questionable status due to a concussion, per Tom Withers of the Associated Press (h/t Rotoworld), will put a lot more pressure on Frye to produce whether he can play or not. Love missed most of the second half of Game 2 after Golden State’s Harrison Barnes inadvertently elbowed him in the head.
The Warriors outscored the Cavs by double digits in each of the last three quarters.