Indeed, you would be mistaken if you think the finals are over just because of JR Smith's blunder in Game 1 or because a blizzard of Stephen Curry three-pointers buried the Cavaliers in Game 2. He actually said he wasn't fully aware if the team had a timeout, and referenced a moment from Chris Webber's college career that went down in infamy regarding timeouts called when there were none available. "It was more so about playing the game the right way, having good intentions out there on the court and good things happen". "I got to the bench, first thing that came to my mind I was like, "OK, I was calling a timeout.' But hopefully, I'm glad maybe if we didn't have any, I'm glad they didn't give it to me".
"We have to start the game better, being more physical", Lue said.
With 36.4 seconds left in the game and the Cavs up 104-102, a charge called on Kevin Durant was instead changed to a blocking foul on James after officials reviewed the play.
And while the Cavaliers insisted that they weren't rattled by those Curry bombs - James said they know it's his business to make shots, so they can't be deflated when he does - Green said he knows that isn't true.
LeBron James' eye remains bloodshot in Game 2 of 2018 NBA Finals
But McGee's size could help now against the Cavaliers' big lineup that includes LeBron James , Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson . Instead of pondering the title he didn't win, Calderon is expected about the one he might yet get with Cleveland.
"Multiple Golden State Warriors players" told ESPN after the game that they were upset that Perkins refused to move his legs and feet as Steph inadvertently backed into him following a wild shot at the end of the third quarter.
His most memorable 3-pointer came midway through the fourth quarter with the Warriors holding on to an 11-point lead.
With some of those buckets coming in garbage time, Curry appeared to have found a little extra fuel for the fourth quarter.
Yet the performance - with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry's game coming alive - highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. But even so, the sting of that Game 1 fiasco was largely over. So I asked our coaching staff if we had a timeout. "We should still be uncomfortable with the series as we were in Game 1 and as we were tonight". If Cleveland goes with one fewer big man, then that's one fewer big man who can defend the rim, and all those help defenders would be chasing around perimeter players. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry's co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.
The defensive deficiencies that plagued the Cavs all year were partly to blame, but credit the Warriors with putting Cleveland on its heels from the get-go, and not letting up.