When asked about potentially "dirtying up the game" to knock the Golden State Warriors off-kilter in the NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith singled out a Warriors player for dirty tactics Saturday.
Hailed by his athletic prowess, a mix of speed, length, and muscle - James was a step or two slower than Durant in most phases of the game - often seeming gassed as the rest of his team did when forced to play in the Golden State Warriors' track meet. He's been doing so many other things for us that we need him for on the floor. Then our ball movement and our flow allows everyone else to get baskets as well.
Just go play. And it worked splendidly for the two-time reigning MVP and Kevin Durant in their first Finals together. "So we know the gravity he pulls when he's out there, and his movement off of the ball is one of the main reasons why we're a good team". "He's grown and stepped up and been a better player off the ball, not turning his back on the ball". They're going to be way more aggressive in the pick-and-roll on the offensive end and defensively.
"Same one I had Game 1 - just be aggressive, don't settle for good shots but hunt for great shots", Thompson said.
They combined for 66 points and 18 assists in a 113-91 Game 1 thumping Thursday night against LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers, who must find a way to defend the high-flying Durant when the best-of-seven series resumes Sunday at Oracle Arena. "Hope to make a few more of those on Sunday and instead of win by 20, win by 30, I guess", Thompson said with a laugh.
"Going into the game I know what their game plan is, and it's to take the 3 away", Green said.
"It's going to be a wrestling match down there, and you have to keep it going and make it tough for them and just try to wear them out", said Cavs center Tristan Thompson, held scoreless in the opener.
The other end of the court has been more of a challenge this postseason for Thompson, who has posted two of the top seven 3-point seasons in National Basketball Association history the past two seasons and is a 42 percent shooter for his career from long range. Thompson is shooting 29 percent over his last five games. Among players who have taken at least 100 shots this postseason, only Boston's Marcus Smart and Utah's Rodney Hood have been worse.
"That's not a big deal at all", Thompson said. But as the Warriors became the clear favorite and the game became less interesting, Rihanna gave us plenty to be excited about.
Thompson still puts fear in opponents, who still believe he could break out of this slump any time.
Translation: Do anything and everything possible to stop Kevin Durant from driving through the paint and dunking at will with nobody even around him.