LeBron James played well again in Game 2 on Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors. "If I was betting, I would say Klay is playing [Sunday] just based on who he is and his attitude today, for sure".
LeBron James could move up on a couple of NBA Finals individual lists in Game 2 - but also fall backward in another.
"Terrible", Smith said of his performance. I'm not saying that's his best. "I have to defend better".
The All-Star shooting guard suffered a lower-leg injury early in Game 1, but played through it.
"MVP! MVP!" the Warriors' fans sarcastically chanted at Smith.
"I've been very blessed to not have any catastrophic injuries in my whole basketball career", Thompson said. "I like it. I'd rather they do that than not acknowledge me at all".
Klay Thompson also started 2 for 2, showing no signs of trouble with his ankle that was sore after a Game 1 collision. He then sank the aforementioned 29-foot shot before a shot-clock violation over Cleveland forward Kevin Love for a 103-89 cushion with 7:54 left. Of course the Warriors pulled away in overtime for the win in a game they should have lost, not even counting the missed calls referees made in the closing minute that helped secure the Warriors the win.
"Not too much affects JR".
"You're trying to win a championship, so there should be emotions involved", Green said. Hill was unable to get a shot off in time and the game went to overtime. So that was kind of tough on him. That should naturally leave space for players with smaller roles to step up, but with the way the roster is constructed and the continual failure to get just about anything out of their bench, the reality of Who the Warriors Are vs. Who the Cavaliers Are is here, and it's clear.
J.R. Smith #5 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers discuss the play against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California.
James was his typical brilliant self but was unable to match the 51-point scoring he had in the opener as the Warriors made a stronger effort to pick him up quicker to make him work for everything.
Through the first 10 minutes of Game 2, James appears to be doing just fine, tallying 8 points on 3-of-3 shooting to go along with 5 assists. Thompson was ejected and walked off the court with an unimpressive one field goal and five rebounds.
"That night when I was ready to travel, Kevin Durant got injured, and I understood they needed a bigger guy, and it's what it was". She was a little weirded out about it.
"I was just thinking I didn't have as many nerves coming into this Final series as I did the last three years".