Cavaliers could beat Warriors at their own (small-ball) game

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots a three-pointer over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in Game 2 on June 3.

By scoring nine times from beyond the arc, the two-time MVP beat the record for most 3-pointers ever scored in a single game in the history of NBA Finals, which was set by Ray Allen in Game 2 of the 2010 Finals between the Celtics and the Lakers.

In the case of the last four finals, it's been either the Golden State Warriors, or the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Before Game 1 the oddsmakers had Golden State -1000 to win the series but now that number has swelled to -2150 with the Warriors owning a 2-0 lead in the series headed into Cleveland.

7 - When you possess the offensive firepower the Warriors do in former Kia MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, it's easy to forget that the most risky catch-and-shoot artist on the team could be All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson.

"That's a pretty cool deal to accomplish, knowing who has held the record for eight years", Curry said.

The third "make it" moment happened shortly after the win, in the summer of 2015 when Curry got a call from President Barack Obama asking if he wanted to play golf. In addition to his game-high point total, Curry also added eight assists and seven rebounds. "I got to the bench, first thing that came to my mind I was like, "OK, I was calling a timeout.' But hopefully, I'm glad maybe if we didn't have any, I'm glad they didn't give it to me".

"It's a lot different", McGee said of playing with the Warriors' four All-Stars, "just because everyone isn't focused on you so much". If Golden State gets that from any members of the non-Big Four, the Warriors just aren't going to lose.

With some of those buckets coming in garbage time, Curry appeared to have found a little extra fuel for the fourth quarter. That note revolves around the usage of Kyle Korver in the 2018 NBA Finals. Even if he does come back for Game 3, he'll likely be rusty. This was the night as Curry's 3-point shot fell from everywhere. They've been even better without any frontcourt player - sorry, Kevin Love. By contrast, he's shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN's Stats & Information Group. He's going to make these G.O.A.T. debates very hard as the points continue to pile up. That gave Golden State a 72-61 lead to jump-start the offense after halftime.

This series has been defined by James' superlative performances and his lack of help through two games, but home teams always seem to receive two advantages that could loom massive in that pivotal Game 3. "With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you've got to find ways to create space".

"I was very proud of our guys, the way we competed in that third quarter because we could have let go of the rope down 13", he said. "We saw Houston do a good job doing that [in the Western Conference Finals] so we piggybacked that".

  • Julie Sanders