Over on ABC, again two of the three analysts – Chauncey Billups and Jalen Rose – picked the Cavaliers with Rose predicting a 10-point Cleveland win. Curry had 33 points, Kevin Durant had 26 and Klay Thompson had 20.
The answer, of course, is that the rest of the Warriors were just 1-of-9 on 3-pointers.
Durant added 12 rebounds and seven assists to his career-high playoff scoring total, but it was not until his 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 106-100 lead that Cleveland’s fate was sealed.
The Warriors, who lead Cleveland 2-0 in the best-of-seven series entering game three Wednesday, would likely follow the lead of what they did past year when they went to Washington and spent the day with children instead of what would have been a White House trip. “Probably him and Steve Nash are the two best at it”, Thompson said. “The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made previous year”.
“Tonight, they’re up three”. So, same wing, different location.
“You definitely notice the looks on their faces when he hit some of the shots”. I mean, that’s what he does. If you focus on who is saying the right things, you shouldn’t get lost in the noise that’s going on right now.
James won two titles with Miami and achieved his goal of bringing a crown to his home region, but the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player would fall to 3-6 in the finals with a loss this year.
James has always expressed his ability to trust his teammates and has constantly preached that the Cavs would be sitting at home if they did not play as a team.
While Game 2 fell short of the action-packed ruckus that was Game 1, it made up for it with utter dominance with a dash of history on the side. Golden State’s Kevin Durant said.
“It was good just having him, settling the game down”, guard Shaun Livingston said. “Playing great defense, getting offensive rebounds and loose balls – and they have a 7-2 guard out there cooking”. To be up six at the half after being up 13. they’re going to make runs.
Smith, who was taunted with chants of “MVP” by the Golden State fans for his error at the end of Game 1, had just five points and one rebound on Sunday, but seemed unfazed as he spoke afterward, knowing this is still a long series. “When you’re down like this, a deficit like this against a team like this, there’s no good feeling”.
Three years ago, the accolade went to Andre Igoudala for his defensive work against LeBron James, despite the fact the former did not feature in the Warriors’ starting line-up until Game 4. “The love of the competition is something I live for and something I wake up every day and train my body for and train my mind for”. “You can’t have mistakes”. They’re going to be ready and fired up. Until that momentum was squandered in a late-game mental blunder by Cleveland’s J.R. Smith. “We’re going to need that going out on the road”. “It’s the first team to four wins, right?” “We have another opportunity on Friday to win on our home floor.to extend the series”.
While Kerr looked forward, James was forced to take another glance back at Game 1. It’s incredible that they’ve each made it back this many times without a hiccup, and it’s hard to imagine we could see a fifth-straight Finals showdown. We know sports is so big because it’s able to captivate people and bring people together. “If we don’t, then don’t come to practice tomorrow”.