Golden State's past failures made this victory even more rewarding. Warriors have chance to clinch National Basketball Association title, complete 16-0 playoffs The Cavaliers' meters are running down and some say they're already expired.
Timea Bacsinszky and Jelena Ostapenko qualified for the semi-finals of the 2017 French Open on Tuesday, as poor weather once again ruined the organisation's plans for the day. They play Thursday, which happens to be Ostapenko's 20th birthday and Bacsinszky's 28th. Mixed in with her scintillating winners, including forehands faster than anything men's world number one Andy Murray has managed here so far, were 45 unforced errors , some of which could have been included in a video nasty.
Thiem will go on to face a resurgent Rafael Nadal in the semifinals, who is going for a decade of Roland Garros supremacy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek). Still, how unlikely was this result? After squandering two set points in the opener on a blustery Suzanne Lenglen Court, Djokovic's renowned fighting spirit ebbed away quickly and he surrendered the third set in 20 minutes.
But that was costly. Yet the overall drive exhibited by these Warriors is unlike anything they have shown before. Irving has had some success against the Warriors in the pick-and-roll, particularly in Game 1 . Curry was healthy after battling ailments in last year's playoffs. The mountain Cleveland must climb to get out of its 2-0 ditch this year is much steeper.
While the Cavaliers again got nearly no meaningful production from anyone outside their Big Three of James , Love and Irving - who struggled, the Warriors welcomed 22 points from Klay Thompson , their defensive stopper who has not shot well in the playoffs but is one of the best shooters in the sport.
If the 2017 NBA Finals is going to be anything of a decent series, the Cleveland Cavaliers need to get on the board. After they arrived in Cleveland ahead of Game 3, which begins at 6 p.m. Golden State coach Steve Kerr knows his team won the first two games by an average of 20.5 points but he hasn't forgotten what occurred last season.
Doing the same in 2017 will likely prove to be more hard, now that the Warriors have Kevin Durant . And so I think that's the hope tonight and, at the end of the day, we've got to play a better game, got to play a smarter game. The Warriors ran away with Game 2 despite seeing their turnovers jump from just four in Game 1 to 20 on Sunday night. The first halves were particularly fast, as they would have extrapolated to 113.6 possessions over a 48-minute game.
After all, for more than a decade, Servia was the only Spaniard in the Indy 500. I think it's a good story. "I think we could have done some better things on our side if we had it to do over again". They're driving a really frightening vehicle. "It's absolutely mad, isn't it, Indy, in terms of the media and how much attention it's getting - which is fantastic for the sport", said Button .
Ferrari has a history of favouring one driver over another in F1. "It's very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points", Hamilton said after the race in Monte Carlo , as quoted by BBC Sport .
The Cavaliers lost Game 1 at Golden State last spring and fell down 3-1 before coming back to win the series , and James is not panicking. Love offered a lot of praise for the Golden State offense, which seemed to do whatever it wanted on Thursday night.
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry joked about singer Rihanna after the famous Cleveland Cavaliers fan's courtside antics during the National Basketball Association finals opener. "And his defense again was tremendous". I'm feeling better, more back to where I was during the regular season. He vowed to do his part in Game 2. The Cavaliers defense far more active, and at points that forced a hurried Warriors team into turnovers.
Or will they make it look interesting by having the Cavs win some games?" Until they are challenged in a meaningful way, all they have to do is keep running their game. "In some ways it's just us focusing even that much more on the game plan and knowing how we have to play this Warriors team". I had two charges - that's aggression, I can take those.
Silver also went on to defend Kevin Durant's decision to join the Warriors, a move that many people believe destroyed any chance of the National Basketball Association having parity. It can be boiled down to six words - Kevin Durant is now a Warrior. Cleveland is 12-1 in the playoffs, winning by an average of 13.6 points. "That doesn't matter to me".
Warriors coach Steve Kerr will be back on the sideline for the first time since Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs against Portland. Rivals shot only 1-for-12 against him, allowing Durant to strike for 38 points and guard Stephen Curry to score 28.
Probably not. The Warriors are the favorite for a reason. I think that's why [we] were able to get and get a championship. "He didn't make the decision he made to go to the finals ". "He looked healthy enough previous year", Durant said. Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors. "It's definitely exciting. I feel blessed to be in this position to compete for a championship".
Without Thompson hoarding extra possessions and the Warriors' defense holding Cleveland to just 34.9 percent shooting with 20 turnovers, the Cavs failed to crack the 100-point mark for the first time all postseason. Once Golden State got rolling, it was a raucous celebration inside of the arena. Last season they set an National Basketball Association record with 73 regular-season wins and were up 3-1 in the finals on the Cavs before James led them back for the organization's first ...
Golden State had only four giveaways, matching a Finals record low. Amusing thing is for Cleveland, the Cavs had a way to do just that three months ago in former Golden State center Andrew Bogut. Cavs forward Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds in the opener and will be a key body inside. "Yeah, they're the best I ever seen", Lue shot back. KD also became the first player with at least 38 points and no turnovers in a Finals game since Shaquille O'Neal did so with 41 points on June 19, 2000.
Aldo recorded an utterly uninspiring win over Edgar, and definitely didn't prove his loss to McGregor had been a fluke. If it wasn't for the baddest woman on the planet, Joanna Jedrzejczyk , Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz might be battling for the strawweight title at UFC 212 .
First yellow card given to Paulo Dybala, hope this does not slow down the Juventus star. But no team has lost more European Cup finals than their six and they have lost their last four in succession, including a 1-0 defeat by Madrid in the 1998 decider in Amsterdam.
Kyrie Irving , who hit the deciding 3-pointer with Curry's hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win its first championship, scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Will Cleveland defeat the Golden State Warriors at least one time? "There's no time to be disappointed", Irving said. If we take care of what we're supposed to take care of, it doesn't matter if it's the '96 Bulls , it doesn't matter.
Unsurprisingly, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who found himself at the center of attention in both wins. Speaking after the match Ronaldo paid tribute to manager Zinedine Zidane , who's message at halftime inspired the team to come out and dominate their opponents.
But also, sometimes, a goalie simply steals a game for you. Crosby and Malkin, in particular, loved the game. The good news? History has meant squat for the Sens in this post-season and this feels like another opportunity to buck a trend.
Yes, both teams pack a big KO punch, but as theres no such thing as a stoppage in National Basketball Association wars, it wont be loose to suggest the Finals could be decided only after the seventh game. The scene shifts to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4 on June 7 and June 9. "You add more pressure to it?" We've both added pieces that have helped our offensive packages and defensive packages be even more scary and obviously you can see that.
Among the squad is Welshman Gareth Bale who was born in Cardiff . Many thought it a short-term fix - even Allegri called it a "mad idea" at the time - but it delivered Juventus the Italian title and took them past Barcelona in the Champions League, before a semi-final against Monaco brought a return to the back three.
So often in his career, Durant had been unable to surmount James. The quarter finished with Golden State leading 35-30. The fans will find out this Thursday if the GSW can exploit their home court benefit to get an early advantage over the defending champions Cleveland Cavs, or if Lebron James and his crew can score an early upset before heading back to OH for Game 3.