NBA: LeBron confident that Cavaliers can bounce back to square Finals with Warriors

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during NBA finals practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on June 3, 2016.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during NBA finals practice at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on June 3, 2016.PHOTO: EPA

AFP - LeBron James has never lost the first two games of a play-off series and the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar doesn't plan to start against Golden State in the NBA Finals.

James has nine consecutive Game 2 wins after his teams have lost the opener of a play-off series and the will Cavaliers test that streak on Sunday (Monday Singapore time) after losing to the defending champion Warriors 104-89 on Thursday.

"I'm not discouraged at all," James said after analysing video of the defeat. "We had some opportunities. We played some good basketball for 36 minutes.

"We definitely missed some really easy looks, some looks we're accustomed to making, that we've made all year. We were able to get where we wanted to go. We've just got to knock them home."

James had no explanation for his success in bouncing back from Game 1 defeats.

"I've been part of some resilient teams," James said. "My team has always been able to recalibrate, look at the mistakes in Game 1 and come up with a better plan in Game 2."

The Warriors will look to snap James' streak and seize a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series before the scene shifts to Cleveland for the next two games.

"Sunday is a huge game," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "We would like to go take care of business and get out on the road with a 2-0 lead but we've got to play well."

The Warriors have beaten Cleveland six times in a row, three in last year's NBA Finals and twice more in the regular season before Thursday's 104-89 drubbing.

"It's not like we have any control over them," Golden State's Draymond Green said. "They are used to winning. They are going to battle. They are going to compete and they are super talented. You can't come out saying, 'We beat them six in a row. We're good.' Absolutely not. As soon as you do that and let your guard down, it's a wrap."