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Cavaliers face now-or-never home stand in NBA Finals

07 June, 2018, 10:29 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Stephen Curry makes NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers as Warriors roll past Cleveland

His last one with 3:30 remaining in the quarter made history and the Warriors went on to win Game 2, 122-103.

Meet Brooke Hathaway, a Warriors' cheerleader who used to do the same for an National Basketball Association team.

"Nine threes, and he seemed to hit a big one every time we needed it", Kerr said of Curry when it was over. Thompson always has to guard the opposing team's best player.

In three of the four championship showdowns between the two teams, the Warriors took a 2-0 lead, with the lone exception coming in 2015. This is the last team in the world you want to relax against.

In other words, LeBron can't do it all himself and the Warriors are probably going to win this series easily simply because James has little help.

The series now heads to OH, as Cleveland will host Games 3 and 4.

The first is a favorable whistle.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are in a familiar position as the 2018 NBA Finals shifts to Quicken Loans Arena.

LeBron hasn't been a James Hardenesque foul hunter often in his career (though he's an excellent exaggerator), but these are desperate times and it's a lot less taxing to score from the free-throw line. James will make sure of that.

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This here play falls into that second category.

James doesn't have to put up more than 50 points to give the Cavs a chance, though he might have to come close.

Hot damn, what a collection. "And he's just got to continue taking his shots".

Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series. Despite struggling from the field, the two-time MVP made down five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The question is if it comes when the Cavs are in a position to do something with it or if it'll be a freaky consolation prize. In fact, they've been in this exact spot in each of the last three years-trailing the Golden State Warriors 2-0 in the NBA Finals before playing Game 3 at home.

Now that he has one eye all bloodied up, enough even to creep out his daughter when he Facetimed a call home, James more than ever has that Terminator look to him.

But with less defensive responsibility this season, Thompson can focus on what he does best: being suave.

"It's going to be a tough task", Green said of playing in Cleveland.

"It was too easy on them", Lue said. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors.

The same can be said about Livingston, who also possesses a pair of two-game spells in which he reached double digits, but both occurred in the postseason. Sometimes LeBron's teammates make frightful mistakes.

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