The Warriors are shooting 55 percent so far. "The bigs are wrestling down there, and I'm going to keep wrestling down there and get me some offensive rebounds". Kyrie Irving managed 19 points after being guarded heavily by Thompson. The shoe was sold out near the midway point of the second quarter.
Durant and Curry had 15 points apiece for the Warriors in the half. It's not like the team can act like Draymond Green doesn't kick people in the nuts.
Kerr, 51, underwent a procedure May 5 to fix a spinal fluid leak stemming from complications after a pair of back surgeries in 2015, after the Warriors won their first championship in 40 years during his first season as coach.
Cleveland led early, but Golden State recovered and led by as many as 10 halfway through the opening period. But LeBron James has had enough of the press conference scene. But the Warriors, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are simply too much to handle at home.
(If needed) Thursday, June 15: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m. The over/under total for the game is listed at 220.5 points. Kyrie Irving scored 24 points but added just two assists. "If you make a mistake - we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again".
LeBron James is attacking.
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In Game 1 of these Finals, Curry seized a chance to change that.
"I don't get caught up in what I've done over the years", James said.
Kevin Love started 4 for 4 for the Cavs, but was briefly shaken up and seemed to be favoring his left side.
"But definitely when he's making shots, and a lot of timely shots tonight, they were huge". Consider that with the ridiculously long layoffs - like six days before Game 1 and another three before Game 2 - there hasn't been an National Basketball Association playoff game decided by less than 12 points since May 21. "Just having a guy that has been here, done that before, has so much confidence in everything that we do and walks the walk, allows us to be ourselves and be confident in approaching game two". The Cavs defended the arc in Game 1.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the first half of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Kerr's picture was shown on the videoboard as the fans stood and cheered.
James is 3-4 in NBA Finals appearances but his teams, the Cavaliers and Miami from 2011 to 2014, are 1-7 in NBA Finals openers. The Warriors give it away just four times, an elite number, especially in the NBA Finals. But though Game 2 didn't deliver a buzzer-beating finish, it did live up to the hype of three likely future Hall of Famers competing for a championship. They want to get physical, contest shots, somehow find a way to get Golden State out of its groove. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 14 in a row during their 1992 and 1993 runs in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It was only the second time in 14 postseason games that he shot higher than 50 percent, and the only time he was above 60 percent.