Draymond Green: Warriors 'understand the task ahead'

The Golden State Warriors have cruised through this regular season and playoffs with hardly a stressful moment.

Making his first NBA Finals appearance since 2012, Durant has been nothing short of spectacular.

While the Warriors defense has been top-notch, Game 3 will rely on the Cavaliers shoulders and mainly on the role players. They seemed to have everything but the championship trophy.

"We expect him to play well, with a lot of force, aggressiveness", said Stephen Curry. But he's missed some shots he usually makes, but just because people think you're playing great defense you can't believe in the hype, it's only two games.

Green said former players wanting to compare their teams to the Warriors did so out of a feeling of insecurity over their own accomplishments.

"We have a huge hurdle to get over tomorrow (Game 3)", Curry said.

But this time is different: Kevin Durant is a Warrior. "So just got to do a better job of taking care of the basketball when we're playing fast and also taking good shots". But after Games 1 and 2, he made it clear that the difference between this Golden State's team and last year's is Durant. Golden State lost all four of its Game 3s previous year, including a 120-90 shellacking by the Cavaliers in the Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't put up much of a fight while losing the first two games of the NBA Finals and aim to start a turnaround when they host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

He insists he can do even more. I feel like I'm on a dating show. "We understand that", Irving said.

Which brings us to impending free agent Chris Paul, who is three weeks away from being in position to consider leaving the Clippers and going somewhere else where he can lose to the Warriors or Cavaliers. The bigger problem with KD and Steph hyperbole is that it's an incomplete explanation of what's happened this year.

So get on over to askdoug@thestar.ca and let me know what's on your mind.

Sure, James still notched his record-tying eighth career Finals triple-double and Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had big nights. The Cavs obviously need him to get on track at both ends of the court.

"His defense was awesome, and we needed it".

Other dynamic duos in the past, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, didn't enjoy that advantage. You don't get very many easy baskets against them. So that's a pretty scary proposition for us.

"We saw in our series with Oklahoma City past year, that's what we envisioned from K.D.", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said.

"Throwing a lot of bodies at me", Irving said. "I've grown leaps and bounds from where I was".

With all of their offensive firepower, the Warriors often turn a stretch of timely defensive stops into scoring spurts that can swing the momentum.

This series re-affirms even the most dominant player in the game can't win a series by himself.

"I'm not a past guy too much". "We have an eclectic system".

Since that change, the 2007 Spurs, who swept LeBron James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, have the best record. "That's last year, and I don't even know the feeling anymore", said LeBron James, whose Cavs rallied last year in Game 3, lost Game 4 and then staged a historic comeback for the title after trailing 3-1 in the Finals.

They embraced the chase previous year but said Tuesday that they're not thinking at all about 16-0. "We can't take bad shots". "Trust me, we know. They're a different team". We try to do it all year. Look at the other night: The Warriors committed 20 turnovers and stumbled and bumbled a little bit and they still scored 132 freaking points. For us, we view it as important as our offense.

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