"They're going to be way more aggressive". The Cavaliers can't afford anything but their best effort if they hope to upset the Warriors.
"They were really good on both sides, being in attack mode - whether it was playing downhill [on offense] or on the defensive end pushing us out, making the catches tough for us".
Lue seemed peevish after Game 1 when the talk turned to how great the Warriors looked and it seems likely his players will feel much the same tonight when the two go at it again at the Oracle in the East Bay.
"So for us, it's just about how we're going to answer the call". "But one thing about us, it's all about us. But we can play better".
Stories about Rihanna's hoops fan devotion to James also get ignored as he tries to win his 4th title in 8 career finals appearances.
What also remains uncertain is how the Cavaliers will fix the multitude of problems that ailed them in Game 1. "You have to bring a physicality to the game and we weren't as physical as we needed to be". They're just going to muck the game up and be physical.
Cleveland rolled into the NBA Finals shooting a lights-out 43.5 percent from three through 13 playoff games. We will play better.
"It's more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing". We can't let Durant get easy baskets like that. The guy was an absolute machine and there was nothing the Cavaliers could do to stop him.
It was a near-perfect display by the Warriors and their 31 assists against just four turnovers highlighted how well they were passing the ball.
Im just trying to play possession by possession, Thompson said.
"We had a lot of unforced turnovers". "I had two charges, that's aggression". I am not about getting numbers, I am not about getting the gaudy stats. Those are like pick-sixes.
"That's like throwing the ball to (NFL hall of famer) Deion Sanders". This was only the second time in the post-season that Thompson failed to hit a three.
James won his first of three championships against his rival Durant, but that rivalry has now come full circle with Golden State and Cleveland meeting for the third time in as many years to determine the 2017 National Basketball Association champs.
In Thursday's opener, Thompson finished well below his playoff average of 8.9 boards per game. "I have to be better". Durant can make tough shots. I know they're watching film, and something for them it's to keep me off the glass.
"When you turn the ball over, that's when they become very unsafe because those guys, they sprint down the lane, they sprint to the three-point line, they put a lot of pressure on your defence", James said.
Cleveland was blown out in both Game 1 and Game 2 past year before turning the series around, so fans and bettors should be careful not to overreact to the ugly first game.
Thursday night the Warriors did not look likely to repeat that collapse, however. With the Cavaliers' role players struggling to impact the game LeBron will have to shoulder a large chunk of the scoring responsibility. Not if you ask them. "His movement off the ball is one of the main reasons why we're a good team. We have to play with pace", Lue said. We've got to do a better job taking that away. They believe, despite the final score, that they aren't that far off from being able to be the first team all playoffs to truly threaten the Warriors. The Cavaliers aren't going to beat the Warriors under any scenario where Durant is getting a half-dozen untouched dunks per game.
"This is definitely going to be a track meet", Iving said.