IT was inevitable, Steph Curry was going to go off sooner or later. There are doubts over his ability to deliver on the biggest stage, but I predicted a nuclear Curry in this year’s Finals and that’s what we got last night. Breaking Ray Allen’s record for the most trey’s made in a Finals game wasn’t the only story from Game 2 though as Golden State moved two W’s away from their third title in four seasons.
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PART of me wondered if we had seen Cleveland throw their biggest punch in Game 1. Early on it seemed like the Warriors were going to have their way this time around further giving me doubts, but the comeback was real. The Cavs refused to let the margin blow past double digits early with Love and LeBron leading the way through the first quarter.
THE script was flipped once again though with Golden State stretching their lead to 13 by the main break. A rally from LBJ and his peers gave some hope, but it didn’t last long. Just five points separated them last in the third quarter, but a Steph Curry binge quickly ended Cleveland’s comeback attempt. Some awesome shooting from Curry saw him blow the lead open for the Dubs and along the way break the NBA Finals record with nine made 3’s, previously held by Ray Allen (8).
CURRY made five of his record-breaking trey’s in the final quarter and buried the Cavs with his sharpshooting as they had no answer for his unparalleled range. A scoring binge form the former 2x MVP was deflating for his foes, who only have themselves to blame for their shortcomings, In fact, a team that made the 3rd most 3’s in the regular season shot themselves our of the gym…again. Their 9-27 clip (yes Curry scored the same amount of 3’s as the Cavaliers team) leaves them shooting just 29% from downtown through two matches.
WE didn’t get a big 40+ night from LeBron, which might honestly be what he needs for the Cavs to even stand a chance of claiming a match. He was far from mortal though, dishing out 13 assists to go with 29 points and eight boards. James missed the chance to record more dimes thanks to his teammate’s inaccuracy from behind the arc. George Hill and Kevin Love were OK, but their support wasn’t enough. Golden State got at least 20 from both Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant, while Shaun Livingston and JaVale McGee combined to go 11-11 from the field.
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THE box score will tell you that both sides scored plenty of points in the paint, which is true. However, it doesn’t tell you the ease at which Golden State was able to accumulate those buckets. Unfazed and often uncontested the Cavaliers struggled in the pick and roll game to contain the Warriors and their ability to share the ball shone out during the entire match.
WITH the series shifting back to Cleveland there is plenty of reason to think we have seen the last game played at Oracle Arena this season. The Cavs are a different team at home, so don’t give up hope on them yet. That being said, their opponents aren’t you average West Champs. I flagged Curry as the Finals MVP threat this time around and his hot shooting has him looming s the favourite. Then again, a guy named LeBron James is used to being down 2-0. Never count out ‘The King’.
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