Game 3 is Wednesday night in Cleveland.
Two titles in four years, all of which were toss-up series prior to tip-off in Game 1. As James brought the ball down and tried to continue to the basket, Curry fell to the ground under James' feet. And so, I think it is very meaningful and when you have the same teams that are meeting for the fourth time, it's part of a larger storyline. Some of the shots he missed, he's going to make those at home.
During the huddle, LeBron James appeared to ask head coach Tyronn Lue whether the Cavs had a timeout remaining (meaning Smith could have called a timeout to get them an extra shot).
On the Cavs side afterwards, it was more, "We can do it" stuff.
LeBron also didn't join a 73-win team that gagged away a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Finals.
"He came into the huddle the other night in Game 1 with a great suggestion that we went with, and it worked", Kerr said, via Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports. Stabilizing veteran Andre Iguodala, who has missed the last six games with an injured knee, is expected back soon.
It was pretty special for the Warriors to see Curry playing healthy again.
A loss in Game 3 and a win in Game 4 would allow the Warriors to clinch the championship at home in Game 5, and that's exactly how I expect the next three games to play out. He had been taking antibiotics and using drops after being poked in the eye by Draymond Green in the first half Thursday. Unfortunately for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith was a nonfactor Sunday night after his late-game mistake in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. He even received "M-V-P" chants from the crowd at the free throw line in the first quarter. The defensive player undercuts the offensive player, knocking him off balance. Golden State outscored Cleveland 17-7 and controlled the extra period.
"Home-court advantage can be a real thing", said Kevin Love, whose 22 points and 10 rebounds were the Cavs' chief means of Game 2 support for James' 29-point, 13-assist, 9-rebound effort.
At first, it looked like nothing more than a desperate heave. Considering he's scored at least 42 points in 40 percent of Cleveland's 20 playoff games, James might be due for a 45-50 point game after falling short of the 30-point mark Sunday. In each instance, Stephen Curry - a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet - had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a Finals-record nine 3-pointers. He also became the sixth player to ever make 300 3s in the postseason, joining Curry as the Warriors to reach the feat.