NBA Finals 2018: Advice for Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of Game 3

NBA Finals 2018: Advice for Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of Game 3

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 59 points in a wire-to-wire victory that puts the defending champions just two wins away from their third championship in four years. Along with hitting a record nine treys, Curry scored a game-high 33 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished eight assists in 37 minutes.

There probably weren't too many people who thought Cleveland could be competitive in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Kevin Love did manage to score 22, but there was no other support among the Cavs ranks and they fly back to OH knowing they need to make home advantage count in Game Three and Game Four. You can see what happens to Cleveland in the table below when they have all three-point shooters on the court or, to the logical extreme, no traditional frontcourt players.

After he inexplicably dribbled out the clock at the end of regulation in a tied game, Smith was basically a nonfactor on a night LeBron James needed all the help he could get to keep up with Stephen Curry and the Warriors. He made 10 of 20 shots from the field but was not almost as efficient as he was the series opener.

Overall, the Warriors shot 57.3 percent from the field, their best return thus far of the postseason.

"I'm over referee s--", Tristan Thompson said. But they couldn't contain Curry and the rest of the Warriors for extended stretches. He had been taking antibiotics and using drops after being poked in the eye by Green in the first half Thursday.

The Cavs had a great shot to win Game 1, but couldn't get the win, ultimately falling in overtime after JR Smith made one of the worst plays in NBA Finals history.

Smith received rousing cheers from the home fans during pregame introductions and "M-V-P!" chants greeted him when he went to the foul line. He said that it was "typical" of President Donald Trump to rescind the entire team's invitation because some of the players refused to attend. "They have only lost one game so they are very confident there".

Golden State is surprisingly thin on the perimeter. McGee had five dunks himself.

22/10 - Kevin Love may have had 22 points and 10 rebounds while also totaling one assist, two steals, and one block, but there were times where he could have been much more dominant as well. His first points - the first for Cleveland - came on a goaltend by McGee.

LeBron James was joked with reporters after receiving criticism for how he reacted during a clip that went viral from Game 1 of the NBA Finals, before asking how much more was expected of him in the NBA Finals.

The Warriors outscored the Cavaliers 27-18 in the second quarter.

The defensive deficiencies that plagued the Cavs all year were partly to blame, but credit the Warriors with putting Cleveland on its heels from the get-go, and not letting up. They finished 15 for 36 from long range.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala missed his sixth straight postseason game nursing a bone bruise in his left knee.

"To win a championship in the National Basketball Association you got to have some grit, some balls and some bad m--f--s", Thompson told ESPN.

"But LeBron and them, I think they will say: 'Man, I like Steph". "No matter offensively or defensively".

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