Steph Curry Is Running Circles Around the Cavs’ Defense

Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith owns up to costly NBA Finals mistake explains pressure of playing with Le Bron James

Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith owns up to costly NBA Finals mistake explains pressure of playing with Le Bron James

Game 2 wasn't any better for Cavs' fans, as the Golden State Warriors won 122-103 to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

The 17 layup attempts were also emblematic of the Warriors' attacking strategy, and their numbers would have been even better if Curry (who set a Finals record with nine made 3-pointers) had not gone just 2-for-6 on his layup attempts. They terrified the Warriors for much of the first game behind LeBron James's 51 points, turning their misses into second shots with 19 offensive rebounds, compared to the Warriors' four.

The two-time MVP's effort was backed by 20 points from Klay Thompson and 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists from Kevin Durant.

Through two games of the 2018 Finals, Curry is making a pretty serious case that he should check off that box. We're trying to win this thing.

"I never woke up and was like, 'All right, let's go get nine threes and get the record.' It was more so about playing the game the right way, having good intentions out there on the court and good things happen".

"It's hard to think back to all of the games, but [Curry] was tremendous", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. That year, the Cavaliers came back, winning Game 3 and eventually overcoming a 3-1 deficit to take the championship. "If we lost that game, we were facing a Game 7 on the road", Kerr said of what would be his penultimate season with the Bulls. The Cavs, of course, could have used that timeout while J.R. Smith was making one of the most bone-headed plays in National Basketball Association history. Curry said that the Warriors are prepared to face the rowdy crowd at Quicken Loans Arena. "I actually tried to call timeout", James said.

Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries.




Yet the performance - with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry's game coming alive - highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. Big man Kevin Love was switched onto Curry with the shot clock winding down.

When James plays as a mere mortal, the Cavaliers are the flawed team we've seen several times throughout this postseason. We can have a conversation.' But there's something that burns them about the fact that Steph is the one that is exalted, and because of that, they want to go at him and, in fact, kind of demean his hype.

But the Cavaliers, facing Golden State in the finals for the fourth year in a row, are only 4-4 against the Warriors at home in all finals. "If you make a shot, they aren't going to scream as loud anyway".

Just the sight of Warriors forward Draymond Green should be enough to push the decibel readings inside the building to unsafe levels.

After an overtime opener loss James called one of the worst defeats of his career, the Cavaliers couldn't play Golden State as close, Curry and his teammates thwarting every threat.

"I have it sourced that LeBron's contacts, his group, believe there is no flawless option", he said on his Fox Sport show.

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