Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Basketball: No NBA 'What ifs' for Cavs' Calderon, Warrior for a day

Basketball: No NBA 'What ifs' for Cavs' Calderon, Warrior for a day

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.

With the Cavs lacking any clear strength outside of James, Love, and Thompson, Stephen Curry will hurt Cleveland with his speed and skill. George Hill is limited at this point of his career. He pointed out that, in previous postseason rounds this year, Curry had to go against formidable backcourts - Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo of the New Orleans Pelicans and James Harden and Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.

And now, it's the fourth straight NBA Finals for Carlos Santana. Klay Thompson added 20 points playing on a tender left leg to put the defending champions two victories from a repeat title they have talked about since the season began last fall. Catch up on all the top individual performances around the league in the Top Performers series.

The Warriors made an adjustment to their lineup, opting to start JaVale McGee at center in place of Kevon Looney. So that's the hard part of the game we all have to endure. They were going to be there on the lineup card every night.

"Klay is just a physical specimen", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

The Warriors made the announcement less than an hour before Sunday's game.

"The game's over. There's nothing we can do about it", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. With that being said, we still fought and clawed back at the end of the quarter, being down four, which was good for us.

Not only did the Cavaliers lose series opener, but it lost all of the thrust heading into second game, where the Dubs could completely take advantage of their home-court.

But, he has never been named a Finals MVP.

LeBron James will need some key players to step up against the Warriors in Game 2. Listen they've had a two-time MVP sit out playoff games and they've won, all right. They're good. They're great, actually. "I've had some knickknacks as far as sprained ankles, fractured thumbs, but nothing that was too detrimental to my future". "But he was doing better this morning when he checked in with the training staff, so I'm hopeful that he will play".

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