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Pangako ng Cleveland Cavaliers na magiging mapisikal ang kanilang laro sa Game Two laban sa Golden State Warriors at inaasahang magbabantayan din sina LeBron James at Kevin Durant. (AFP)

OAKLAND, California (AFP) — Magkakabanggaan na ng kanilang mga katawan sina LeBron James at Kevin Durant sa second game ngayon (Manila time) ng 71st NBA Finals sa Oracle Arena, giniit kahapon ng defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers na magiging mapisikal sila pagkaraan ng pagtaob sa Golden State Warriors.

“You have to be the first one to hit,” utos ni Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. “You have to bring a physicality to the game and we weren’t as physi­cal as we needed to be. We have to do a better job of being on bodies and bringing the contact.”

Dumutdot si Warriors forward Durant ng 38 points, karamiha’y unchallenged slam dunks, sa pagpapasiklab sa pamumugot ng Golden State ng  113-91 triumph sa paglulunsad sa best-of-seven title series noong Biyernes.

“I’m pretty sure that won’t happen tomorrow,” banggit naman ni Durant. “They’re going to be way more aggressive. They’re just going to muck the game up and be physical. We have to come out and be even more physical than we were in Game one. We definitely have to be better.”

Magkakaisyu sa foul trouble kapag tumaas ang pisikalang kontak, pero nilinaw ng Cavs na magkaiba pa rin ang nagkakaamuyan o nag-kakaasawahan na sa depensa, ang pambabangga sa ere at maging ang paggiling.

“We won’t dirty up the game. We just play physi­cal,” klaro ni Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith. “Some people don’t like physicality.”

Nagkomento naman ang nasa pampitong su­nod niyang NBA Finals na si James ukol sa mas magiging mapisikal na laro, “has always been something we talk about so we look forward to seeing what we can bring.

“You need to be more aggressive. You need to have a better attitude — if it were that easy, we would all do it. It’s not that simple, especially when you’re going against such a well-oiled machine in Golden State. I’ve seen a lot of great teams and they rank right up there.”

Pipigilan ng Cleveland sina  3-point sharpshooters Stephen Curry at  Klay Thompson at didenayin na maka-slam dunks si Durant, na tangka ang kanyang first title palipat dito mula Oklahoma City noong Hulyo.

“They’re going to try to amp up the physicality,” sabi ni Warriors acting coach Mike Brown. “They’re going to grab a little bit more and knock us off our routes and do what they can to disrupt whatever we try to do offensively.

“We’ve played teams in the past that have been real physical with us, so we feel like we’ll be OK.”

Si Brown  pa rin ang rumerelyebo kay Steve Kerr, na na-miss na ang  nakaraang 11 playoff games sa isyu ng 2015 back surgery. Magulo pa ang katayuan niya para sa Linggo.



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