Want to prepare for Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night with some corny jokes about the competing Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors? It would take something special from Cavaliers to beat Curry's side. "Whether it comes from KD, whether it comes from Steve Nash, other great shooters, any of my teammates, all that input is very valuable for me as I go forward".
Their leader and reigning NBA Coach of the Year assuming his usual courtside seat, Curry received a special request from Kerr: "to play with passion and play with joy", Curry shared. As he has struggled, Curry has gone on to experience a God-like playoff run, shaking the silly narrative that the biggest stage might've been too big for him after what happened last June. "That's what he does". The Warriors' newest star crushed his over/under totals in game 1 with 38 points - the total was 28.5 - and eight rebounds - oddsmakers set his total points and rebounds at 35.5.
"There were opportunities, but they did a good job boxing me out", Thompson said. It was Pachulia's physicality that really seemed to bother Tristan Thompson right from the outset of Game 1. The Warriors then had 20 more shots than the Cavaliers attempted, which is a bad situation to be in when you are facing one of the best offensive teams that has ever been assembled in National Basketball Association history.
The Warriors may not have taken care of the basketball they way they did in Game 1 but they did continue to score at a rate most teams could not approach.
If the Thompson we've come to know shows up, the one who can get as hot as anyone in an instant, it's tough to imagine the Cavs countering.
The Cavaliers can level the series by winning game two Sunday before the series shifts to Cleveland for two games next week.
Kerr, who missed the previous 11 games with back pain, returned to the bench without a glitch.
"Even though it's an empty gym after practice, a something like Game 36 of the regular season, it's the same process". Maybe get a little teary eyed. "But the second half, I think we settled in, tried to play simple and defensively just tried to contest their shots", Durant said.
"I have to be better", he said.
To get there, the Warriors absorbed some of Cleveland's best shots.
Going back to last season, nine of the last 11 games between Golden State and Cleveland have been decided by double digits.
The Cavaliers got off once again on the wrong foot in the Finals due in large part to 20 turnovers and allowing the Warriors to pull down 14 offensive rebounds.
However, we still don't know if he will be on the sidelines for tonight's game. In Games 6 and 7 of last year's Finals, they made Golden State look uncomfortable. He made all 14 of his free throws and helped push a pace that exhausted the Cavs out through three quarters. Ten other Warriors combined for 57 points.