The Cleveland Cavaliers have been no match for the fast-paced Golden State Warriors through the first two games of the NBA Finals but insist they have no desire to slow things down when the series resumes on Wednesday.
Thompson is averaging 8.6 rebounds through the 2017 playoffs thus far, but has yet to crack a four rebounds in a game in these NBA Finals. Curry, who has benefited more than any other player by Durant's arrival and is healthy in these NBA Finals, added 13 rebounds and six assists.
The Cavaliers fell into a 3-0 hole in the NBA Finals after the Golden State Warriors pulled out a 118-113 victory on Wednesday night. He finished second in the MVP voting three times (again to LeBron James); and finished second to LeBron James' Heat team in the 2012 NBA Finals (losing 4-games-to-1). Korver's struggles have contributed to the Cavs being down 2-0 to the Golden State Warriors, who are keeping a close eye on the 14-year veteran whenever he's on the floor. Not team has ever overcome a 3-0 deficit. "I can't be disappointed with the effort and how we played, but they made the plays down the stretch that we didn't execute defensively or offensively, and they took advantage of it".
"And obviously they probably got a bad taste in their mouth after what happened last year, and we had one in our mouth last year from what happened the year before".
As the ball hung in the air, his plan to win a championship, Golden State's grip on the series, Cleveland's last-gasp attempt to defend its title, all of it was on the line.
The Cavs have tried to go small against the Warriors, which Kerr countered by playing Durant at center - an absolute matchup nightmare for any team.
The Cavaliers are no match for these Warriors, not even with arguably the best player on the planet in LeBron James.
"But I didn't tweet that", Smith repeated after his 16-point performance in Game 3.
The best of example of this followed his defeat in the 2011 Finals, when he answered a question about his haters by essentially saying, "They don't bother me because I'll still be young, rich, and handsome tomorrow and the rest of you will be still be broke and ugly".
"I thought our team scrapped and competed", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "We have won a lot of games playing the way we play, so we're not going to change".
No other team in the National Basketball Association protects the three-point line better than Golden State, which is holding opponents to 32% shooting from distance this postseason.
Curry also is aware of the Game 3 challenge. Michael Jordan (1,176) is next.
They look ready to play for many more. G Deron Williams has missed each of his 11 shots in the series.