Cavaliers fans have had some gripes about officiating during the 2018 NBA Finals, and on Monday the league's referees took to Twitter to admit a blown call. He also expressed his displeasure with the officiating in Game 2.
Or are these Cavaliers defeated already? The Cavs came up short in their first home game of last year's Finals, blowing a four-point lead in the final 90 seconds at Quicken Loans Arena.
Nearly two weeks ago, Kerr said: "Until he's able to run without pain, I can't play him".
If you are a Cavaliers optimist, you can point to a number of open 3-pointers that didn't go in at Oracle Arena. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors' offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.
A loss in Game 3 and a win in Game 4 would allow the Warriors to clinch the championship at home in Game 5, and that's exactly how I expect the next three games to play out.
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"We feel like we feed off our crowd", Love said on Sunday night. "We can play so much better. We know that come Wednesday we're going to have to be better", Love said. "They're good. They're great, actually". At home the Cavaliers' role players have been the big difference - they have hit shots, particularly threes. If Iguodala can limit James' production, it will not be a surprise if the Warriors end their best-of-seven series with the Cavaliers in just four games. Yes, that was a better Cavs team - they had Kyrie Irving - and Durant had yet to join Golden State, but numerous same players remain on both teams. Which may be good, but LeBron James doesn't want his team to lean on that. "This is the last team in the world you want to relax against".
Las Vegas is thinking Golden State in Game 2 of the NBA Finals - and big. After he inexplicably dribbled out the clock at the end of regulation in a tied game, Smith was basically a nonfactor on a night LeBron James needed all the help he could get to keep up with Stephen Curry and the Warriors. In those two seasons, the Warriors have averaged 62.5 wins per season, which likely would have been more this year had Curry not missed 32 games with an ankle injury that has kept him from being 100 percent since returning during the playoffs. In 2017, they had a 16-1 playoff run, missing a ideal post-season with a penultimate-game loss.
"It's going to be a tough task", Green said. Until that momentum was squandered in a late-game mental blunder by Cleveland's J.R. Smith.
The typically efficient Durant connected on 10 of 14 shots after going just 8 for 22 - 1 of 7 on 3s - in the opener but still scoring 26 points. LeBron didn't throw in the towel and say, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" and play his home games at T.D. Garden for the Celtics. "I am never helpless on no guy in the National Basketball Association". They've seen it before, although they really can't claim to know what the Cavs are feeling. "We're just going to focus on what we can do to win Game 3".