On Sunday night, the Warriors guard scored 33 points on 11-of-26 from the field, hitting nine of 17 attempts from three points and adding nine assists and seven rebounds as Golden State beat the Cavaliers 122-103 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the series. If we focus on that, good things happen individually all across the board.
Game 3 - which will be played Wednesday in Cleveland - is the series' pivotal game.
But something that constantly gets overlooked is how good of a defender he is, and what it takes not only be a focal point of an offense, but a defense as well.
"Home-court advantage is, can be a real thing". But that shouldn't give us any comfort.
"He was tremendous", Steve Kerr said. "This is the last team in the world you want to relax against". "I didn't realize how much you use your ankle until you hurt it", he said, "but". The Warriors are trying to join a select list of teams to win three championships in four years.
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The Warriors are a great offensive machine but the Cavs are the more rugged defensive team. Lue gave Smith the hard assignments during the postseason, believing it made Smith more focused on one specific challenge and provided him a chance for redemption after ranking as one of the league's worst statistically on the defensive end.
However, that sting got worse when a uncut video emerged of James' reaction during the timeout just moments after the game went to overtime. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn't score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.
Kevin Durant pushed the Golden State Warriors to dynasty's doorstep. Learn from how sleepwalking through the third quarter on Sunday night (Monday, Manila time) made Game 2 of this series much more interesting than it ever should have been, at least until Stephen Curry went wild in the fourth quarter. "But the energy and effort and physicality and all that from the jump was pretty dialed in and it gave us a lot of momentum and confidence".
The game started with Smith getting loud cheers from the Warriors fans, who booed him mercilessly in Game 1 after Smith slipped and fell into Klay Thompson's leg, sending the Warriors guard to the locker room briefly with an injury.
The Cavaliers now head back to Cleveland, down 0-2, and searching for answers when there might not be any.
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A third wrote: "Steve Kerr is just too amusing".
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue stressed the need for a body-banging style from his squad.
"Once he releases it, he sees the basket, he usually makes it", Lue said. "They ran around a little too freely". They just have to do it twice more to win another title.
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