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Curry wasn't fully healthy or impactful in the series, and Andre Iguodala had a back issue. Look at Draymond Green a month ago.

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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.

The Warriors have limited the Cleveland Cavaliers to under 40 percent from the field so far in the NBA Finals.

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".

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