Klay Thompson makes up for shooting slump on defensive end

LeBron James scored 18 points and had 10 assists and six rebounds in the first half, but rhe Cavaliers trail the Golden State Warriors 67-64 at intermission tonight in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Tristan Thompson was blunt in his criticism of his struggles when asked about his personal performance in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

They won a record 73 regular-season games last season only to lose the NBA Finals to Cleveland by one game.

The Warriors took Game 1 with a convincing 113-91 victory over the Cavaliers, exploiting Cleveland's sloppy ball-handling (20 turnovers) and poor offensive execution that allowed Kevin Durant to go coast-to-coast for multiple dunks in transition.

Saturday morning between Game 1 and 2, the Warriors and Cavs held joint media availability at the Warriors practice facility in downtown Oakland. Kevin Love provided a needed scoring boost in Game 2 after Kyrie Irving did the same in Game 1 but nearly no one else came through, sending the Cavs to a 132-113 loss and an 0-2 series deficit. And through two games, that pitch has borne out. "He was wonderful (in Game 1), and I expect nothing less in the rest of the games". He finished with 32-10-11 and was the heart and soul of the team. It was 2-0 a year ago and we lost. Coverage is unending. Every possession is analyzed and every player is psychoanalyzed. Having to settle in, whether it's after the first quarter or first half, first game, whatever it is.

Here we go: Game 2 of the NBA Finals has started. We have to be aggressive getting to the basket or making the right passes and right play.

"They're a good team".

"We naturally felt like we could have played better, taken the game to them a little bit more and also played with better pace", he said.

The Cavs are too good to play that way again.

"Offensively, that's what the world sees but what I see is defensively, he's changing the game".

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He is still learning about Indy, watching as numerous past Indy 500s as he can, although he has yet to see a replay of his own. But weather delays on Saturday pushed qualifying late into the day, giving Hildebrand only one shot at making the cutoff.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals featured extremely high level basketball.

Kevin Love had 27 points and Kyrie Irving 19. "Maybe finish better in the paint when we had opportunities". I think in order for you to be good in this league, it has to be an everyday thing.

The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points.

Durant led the Warriors with 33 points, five blocks and 13 rebounds, and he hit four of his eight 3-point attempts.

"I've seen a lot of great teams, and they rank right up there", James said.

Golden State finally warmed up after nine days off, while the Cavs had a six-day break since beating Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.

"Just make them feel us".

The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. It was his eighth career triple-double in the NBA Finals, tying Magic Johnson for the record. He picked up his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs in that Game 4, which triggered an automatic suspension.

The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an National Basketball Association record with 14 straight postseason wins. The Cavs' margin of error - as it's been the past two years - is not particularly large. "No, it's not over". "It's the same thing I've been doing for the last three years".

"We all knew and saw that they were very concerned with the three-point shooters, and Kevin Durant (was) able to drive to the rim with uncontested dunks".


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