J.R. SMITH (Cavaliers): The Cleveland guard has played poorly (three points in 42 total minutes) so far in the finals.
But after being so close previous year and falling short, the Warriors know how hard the next two will be. From there, playing for the United States Olympic team at the Rio Games lasted until mid-August, which offered him just a month of rest before the Cavs' training camp began. That's when the Warriors return to their not-so-happy place.
Only Game 5, the one Draymond Green missed due to suspension, approached the pace we're seeing this week.
The Cavaliers know it's not over till it's over, either.
The Cavs were in a similar spot past year, when they were blown out in Games 1 and 2 by a combined 48 points before they returned home and won Game 3 and then rallied from a 3-1 deficit to their first title. The Cavs were 38-10 at home during the regular season.
"We have to defend our home court", said Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.
"We have two games under our belt, so we have to get used to it now", Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson said.
Curry's pairing with Durant is already being compared to Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan with Scottie Pippen as among the greatest duos in NBA Finals history. "We're looking forward to it. You never know who will come up and show up for us". "We have to give them something to cheer for". Mo hosts The Jumpball podcast and also contributes to FastModel Sports and offers some suggestion about how the Cavaliers can try to even the series.
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But it would be cooler to watch Golden State finish the playoffs flawless. (The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League also won 14 straight, 1992-93).
Not that the Warriors needed another advantage to make Cleveland feel that much worse about itself, but previously struggling shooting guard Klay Thompson appears to have snapped out of that funk in Game 2. And, after scoring 22 points on 8-for-12 shooting - including 4-for-7 from 3 - in Golden State's 132-113 Game 2 victory, Thompson admitted a different approach made all the difference. But Love can't take over games the way the others can, and Irving hasn't really gotten going yet because of Thompson's defense. It presents a unusual dilemma for Cleveland coach Ty Lue.
"You can't take a peek somewhere and lose your man". "Running around with Steph and chasing Klay [Thompson] and chasing Steph and constantly having to be on alert, it takes a lot of out of you offensively".
If Durant outperforms James, the Warriors cruise to the top. He's been awesome, averaging 35 points and 11 rebounds while dishing out seven assists in the finals.
Durant said he learned how important defense was during his first go-round in the playoffs, when he played for Oklahoma City.
"I don't think there's many teams in the league who their backup is better than their starter", Green said. "And you are talking about two of the greatest players that we have in this world".
Midseason acquisitions Kyle Korver and Deron Williams have failed to make their anticipated impact, with Williams being held scoreless through two games, while Korver followed up a zero-point opener with eight points in Game 2 but who otherwise has been a liability defensively.
'I'm not it's for us to debate, ' Curry said. "We don't play slow-down basketball". Can we do that? "We're hoping it's going to be a different story at home". That's the question sometimes. "So for us, it's just handling business".
"It started in 2010, [when] we first made the playoffs and going over scouting reports, defense is the only thing you really are concerned about, really, to start the series", Durant said.
Curry, meanwhile, even brought his playfulness to the interview room Sunday night.
"To see him back on the bench was huge", Curry said. "I tried. I tried".
Lebron James was the star for the Cavs as he had a triple double but he couldn't get enough help to steal a game in Oracle Arena. Former coach and player Al Attles called it "terrific" news. "It was just great to be on the sidelines again.
In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants. Fellow starters Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, but the surprise was Deron Williams .
He picked up his fourth flagrant foul point of the playoffs in that Game 4, which triggered an automatic suspension . Kevin Love had 27 points and Kyrie Irving 19. "Maybe finish better in the paint when we had opportunities".
The question will become: Is he more likely to leave if the Warriors win or if they lose? Chalk that up to all the blowouts. He finished at the basket easily , drilled pull-up jumpers and stretched his range out beyond the 3-point line.
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After that incident, the fan was tossed out of the game, but the Predators fought all the way back to tie the game at three. It stayed 4-1 after Pittsburgh's Matt Cullen was ruled offside following a coach's challenge of a goal by Patric Hornqvist.
The Warriors march into this final undefeated and averaging 117 points in the month of May while shooting 51 per cent. As for how their on-court relationship has grown, Durant described them as "just two guys who know how to play".
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They have a number of playmakers on that team, and their coaching staff has done a good job of putting those guys in positions". So are the Cavaliers , but it's more hard for them because they must come up with answers that so far have eluded them.
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That hardly sounds like James, who not too long ago declared his confidence by noting, "I'm the best player in the world". So with that behind them, what do the Cavs have to worry about? Actually, it doesn't even keep you in the NFL.
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He played just 18 minutes in game two while playing through the lingering pain. "There's not much more you could ask for". Thompson suggested the incident stemmed from the fact that James got his feelings hurt by Green's trash talking.
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