The crowd at RORACLE was so loud it sounded like group of angry bees buzzing around a beehive; this would be the second game that the Warriors would head into overtime and in Game 1 they were be victorious, but this time King James and his court would take the throne leading their Cavaliers 93-95 in a nail biting victory, the series is now even at 1-1.
Many though Stephen Curry's half court basket in his pre-game ritual was a pre-cursor to the type of game he'd gave but they were wrong. Curry had a rare non-MVP caliber night scoring 19-points and going 5-for-23 from the field. He set an NBA Finals record in missed 3-pointers going 2-for-15.
“We have to move play better and move past this, he said afterwards, “Not going to let this game alter my confidence.”
On this night Lebron James would have a little bit more confidence scoring 39-points. Sports in the Bay asked him if he’s motivated by the underdog headlines after losing all-star guard Kyrie Irving for the rest of The Finals.
“Well, I mean, I don’t need any extra motivation. I think our guys love it. Our guys love the fact that we’ve been counted out and come into the series being an underdog. They’re pretty much saying that especially after Kyrie got hurt and the series was over. I think our guys are using that as motivation. I use a little bit of it but I have a lot of motivation already to just be a past of greatness and be a part of this and be a part of this atmosphere.”
St. Mary’s College alum guard Matthew Dellavedova. “Dellavedova has come in and done a hell of a job,” said Kerr. “We’ve got to give them credit, they took our rhythm away, we’ve got to put our guys in a better position, we have to do a better job, watch the tape and figure out what happens. No one’s immune to a tough night.
The Warriors atmosphere is hands down the best and the loudest in the league but James says he’s looking for his crowd to be even louder as they host the next two games in Cleveland.
In addition to playing a better executed offensive game the Warriors are going to have to bottle the loudness of the ROARCLE crowd in their heads and keep it as their motivation on the road.
Klay Thompson led the Warriors in scoring with 34-points and was visibly upset afterwards saying his team wasn’t over-confident with Irving being out. “Kyrie being out, it didn’t affect us because we know they’re still a really good team. They’ve won a lot of postseason games without him.”
Thompson stated they have to play better offense and that they’ve been in this position before but his guys have to have a better trust in each other.
“It’s nobody’s fault. It’s a team effort and we’ll bounce back.” “We’ve got to play with a better rhythm.”
Cleveland handed Golden State their first fourth lost at home this season (47-4) and the Dubbs shot their lowest percentage of the postseason @ 39.8. In Game 1 the Warriors bench scored 34-points, they scored just 17-points in Game 2.
Fans can look forward to Golden State takin a 2-1 lead tomorrow at Quicken Loans Arena in the first of two home games at Cleveland. Game time is 6 p.m. PST.
Klay Thompson became the first Warrior since Rick Barry (39-points 5/23/75) to post a 30-point game in the NBA Finals per ESPN Stats & Info.
Play-by-Play Announcer Bob Fitzgerald and Sideline Reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude received an Emmys as part of the Comcast Sportsnet On-Camera Talent-Anchor-Sports Play by Play/Analyst team.
Stephen Curry extended his streak of hitting multiple three-pointers to 22-straight playoff games, an NBA record (besting Ray Allen’s streak of 21-straight). He shot 2-of-15 (.133) from three-point range, with his 15 three-point attempts setting an NBA Finals record for most three-pointers attempted in a single game.