Warriors Showing The Hoops World They’re the Greatest
WARRIORS SHOWING HOOPS WORLD THEY'RE "THE GREATEST"
Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
Sure, the late/great Muhammad Ali owned that catchy phrase during his brilliant boxing career and anyone that watched TV or read the newspapers/internet this past weekend came upon that brilliant line more than a few times following Ali's death late last Friday night.
But on the hardwood this past Sunday night, well, the NBA's Golden State Warriors did their own bit of bobbing-and-weaving en route to a non-competitive 110-77 Game 2 win over the 6-point underdog Cleveland Cavaliers in this year's NBA Finals.
Should anyone really be surprised?
After all, the Warriors are now - get this - 10-2 ATS (against the spread) at home in this year's post-season ... they were 3-0 spreadwise versus the Houston Rockets in the opening round; 2-1 ATS in second-round action against the Portland Trail Blazers; 3-1 against the numbers in the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder; and now they're a glitzy 2-0 ATS versus the Cavaliers in this year's NBA Finals.
Folks, that's sayin' something when you consider that the Warriors have been double-digit home betting favorites three times this post-season and favorites of 6-or-more points on a dozen different occasions this playoff campaign.
Golden State's plus a tidy $780 based on $100 per-play home wagers this post-season and now you have to wonder if the Warriors will even have to play another home game this month - or will Steve Kerr's uber-confident team simply sweep Cleveland away with the next two games in Ohio on Wednesday and Friday nights?
The Game 2 blowout in Oakland - sparked by Draymond Green's game-high 28 points (included five trifectas as the Cavs inexplicably left 'em open for a bunch of jumpers) - had the Cavs with that dreaded deer-in-the-headlights look following a 20-to-2 scoring spree in the second quarter but can someone please tell us what the Cavs worked on during the two off days following the 104-89 loss in Game 1?
No doubt first-year Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue has been exposed the first two games of this series and the effort - dubbed "pathetic" by ESPN's chatter-box Stephen A. Smith - was awful but take nothing away from the Warriors who shot 54.3 percent from the field (that's 44-of-81 FGs) and let's not forget that the reigning champs slaughtered the Cavs on the boards (46-to-34) and in the overall hustle department.
Guess you heard Cleveland's LeBron James (just 19 points and 7 turnovers) complain in the post-game presser about all the turnovers (17 of 'em for the Cavs) and the inability to capture the "50/50 balls" and, folks, that's just effort.
The Warriors played with lots of it; the Cavs with none and let's not hear any crying about Cleveland F Kevin Love and his apparent concussion or the fact shooting guard J.R. Smith is MIA in this series with 8 points scored in 69 game minutes ... ugh!
One thing we know about the Game 2 rout ... it was no "Rumble in the Jungle".
Just a good, old-fashioned KO.