Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

NBA Finals Game 2 memes target the refs, and JR Smith, too

NBA Finals Game 2 memes target the refs, and JR Smith, too

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry shoots a three-pointer over Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in Game 2 on June 3.

James followed up his 51-point performance in Game 1 with 29 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds in a far tamer finals sequel - and a much more lopsided one - minus the utter craziness of a drama-packed opener three days prior.

Game three in the best-of-seven series is in Cleveland on Wednesday.

James didn't quite match his 51-point performance from Game One, but he did score 29, assist 13 and claim nine rebounds, nearly earning himself a triple-double. But Curry, Durant and Klay Thompson combined for 79 points as the Warriors shot 57 percent from the field in Game 2.

"Regardless of how the season went, that's a pretty cool deal to accomplish", Curry told reporters.

James is 3-4 in his career coming back from an 0-2 deficit in the playoffs, improving that mark in the Eastern Conference finals last month when James and the Cavs dropped the first two games in Boston only to complete the series comeback by beating the Celtics in Game 7 on the road.

Curry was around for all the losing: 26 wins his rookie season of 2009-10, 23 two years later then gradually building to more victories each season thereafter.

"He was tremendous", said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. You know he's gonna hit some shots. Yes, the first two games were bad for the Cavaliers but a couple of losses on the road do not end any hope of winning a title. "I don't think I'm the problem that they want, though, might want to pick another battle".

James became irate at the officials for a no-call on Curry, who ran beneath the Cavs star and didn't let him land with 3:54 remaining in the quarter as James caught Love's long pass and went out of bounds. That note revolves around the usage of Kyle Korver in the 2018 NBA Finals.

Stephen Curry backpedalled in pure joy.

"I wasn't necessarily surprised", McGee said, per Melissa Rohlin of the San Jose Mercury News. That was in 2015, when Curry helped the Warriors bring home their first National Basketball Association title since 1975 after defeating the Cavs in six games. "I always say like if we focus on that, good things happen individually all across the board". The Cavs played a flawless quarter against a Warriors team that usually dominates third quarters, and had all the momentum going into the fourth. "But we know this is just getting started". But through three quarters, the Warriors made 20 of 24 shots from the lane. Some of the shots he missed, he's going to make those at home. Golden State will hope to get Andre Iguodala back for that game, and if they do, the Cavaliers will have a serious uphill battle on their hands. "He has gotten better gradually, but there's no way of knowing for sure at this point".

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