J.R. Smith Struggles In Game 2 After Costly Game 1 Mistake

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Boston had James in a 2-0 hole this year, then lost Games 3 and 4 in Cleveland and wound up falling in seven.

"Listen, Golden State is one of the best teams I've ever played. We're going to need that going out on the road".

The last thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to hear as they look to rebound from an 0-2 deficit in the 2018 NBA Finals is some good news for the Golden State Warriors.

"We want to continue to be uncomfortable".

James pointed with both hands after his 3 with 11:04 remaining got his team within seven, before Curry answered from deep the next two trips down the floor.

Cleveland has to work hard for every basket they can muster against a great defensive team in Golden State (ranked tops in the playoffs in defensive rating), while the Warriors score easily and at will.

"We feed off our crowd".

"We know it's going to be a hostile environment", James said.

Certain shots - particularly this almost 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth - will understandably garner the majority of the attention, as it provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push.

"They're damn good with him and they're damn good without him", James said.

Team veteran Iguodala, who is regarded as one of the key members of the team due to his defensive versatility and leadership, has watched on from the sidelines as the Warriors seized control of the NBA Finals. Such lapses probably won't happen on their home court. "We have to have our head on a swivel for the entire 24 seconds and give maximum effort". "We've been doing that for a long time - it's just that everything's under a microscope now in the playoffs", said Curry, who's building a case to win his first Finals MVP.

2 - It sure looked like all of these playoff minutes started to catch up to LeBron in Game 2 (he played 44 Sunday after logging 48 in the overtime loss in Game 1).

"We've got to come out with a sense of urgency to start", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said. The next two games could very well be his final times playing in Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers.

Half of her father's left eye was blood red, a product of being poked in the eye by Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green last Thursday in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

"Regardless of how the season went, that's a pretty cool deal to accomplish knowing who has held the record for eight years", Curry said.

Smith made just 2 of 9 shots and didn't make a single basket after the first quarter as the Cavaliers fell into an 0-2 series hole after a 122-103 defeat.

The typically efficient Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going just 8 for 22 - 1 of 7 on 3s - in the opener but still scoring 26 points.

"It was too easy for them", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of the Warriors. Buried under injuries, complacency and opponent familiarity, they have broken free only for glimpses. In other words, the fact they've been great at Quicken Loans Arena guarantees nothing.