Curry made 9-of-17 3-pointers in Game 2 and, six of his made 3s were pull-ups. The Warriors are aware of this. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors' offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.
"It's going to be a tough task", Golden State forward Draymond Green said. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games playing on two days rest and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. "They were kind of making a run, and they wouldn't go away and then he hit that three from the corner right in front of their bench". Even if they do catch fire and drop 120 points, that will only be half the battle.
"We have confidence in JR", Lue said following the Game 2 loss.
Ray Allen had set the previous record with the Boston Celtics in 2010.
"About seven seconds on the clock he just kept going backward, I don't know why, but he just threw it up and I didn't think it had any chance of going in", Thompson said. That's especially true during the Finals, and it's not just Golden State's stars that are better than Cleveland's. The Warriors, however, have not seemed fazed by this.
The Warriors have imposed themselves upon the Cavs early and see that as crucial for more success. Following Game 1, most of the talk coming out of the visitors locker room was about how the referees overturned an offensive foul on Kevin Durant in the final minute of the fourth quarter, as well as other calls the Cavs felt should have gone their way. Lue gave Smith the hard assignments during the postseason, believing it made Smith more focused on one specific challenge and provided him a chance for redemption after ranking as one of the league's worst statistically on the defensive end.
Klay Thompson scored 20 points in Game 2 of the 2018 Finals.
Thompson said: "The part that's odd for Steph, like why does that mean there has to be some beef between us? We should still be uncomfortable". We've had a lot of really good teams. They're not a conventional, NBA-style team. On Thursday, the Warriors' overtime victory gave us one relatable moment that will be remembered long after the score settled.
None of this is to say that Cleveland should feel helpless.
"It's tough - really tough - to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he's just so good at finding himself open", Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a flawless 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.