LeBron: 'How much more' can I pick up my team?'

Tyler Owen
June 6, 2018

JaVale McGee has played in over 550 games for five different teams during his National Basketball Association career, but the veteran big man has never had more fun than he did in the Golden State Warriors' Game 2 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.

The Cavaliers are now down 2-0 in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals showdown against the Golden State Warriors.

Smith went 2-of-9 from the floor and scored only five points in what he called a "terrible" performance, but said the crowd wasn't a factor.

The Warriors are halfway there, holding a 2-0 lead against the underdog Cavs as the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there's an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love. "You definitely notice the effect that it has on the opposing team".

The Cavaliers are 8-1 at home in this year's playoffs, losing only in their first-round opener against Indiana. He has one assist in the Boston and Golden State series combined. "We saw Houston do a good job doing that [in the Western Conference Finals] so we piggybacked that". They are pushing to win the NBA Finals for the third time in four seasons.

If the Cavaliers hope to compete in these Finals, they need LeBron James to be at his absolute best, but he was not in game two. "But that shouldn't give us any comfort. We kind of saw some things offensively that worked, so we have to continue to keep capitalising on that". Plus, we're just over 24 hours out from tip-off of Game 3. "This is the last team in the world you want to relax against".

The Warriors have imposed themselves upon the Cavs early and see that as crucial for more success.

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Williams , who returned to tennis in March, was asked about her chances at Roland Garros - a tournament she last won in 2015. The top seed eventually claimed victory on a third match point when Bolelli dumped a forehand into the net.

"He's a big shot taker, big shot maker,"Draymond Green said".

It's not like the Warriors have lost games without their former Finals MVP, but they have definitely missed Igoudala.

"We came out, we fought".

Curry, 30, surpassed the previous record of eight three-pointers, as he top-scored with 33 points in Oakland. "But the energy and effort and physicality and all that from the jump was pretty dialed in and it gave us a lot of momentum and confidence".

Kevin Durant added 26 points for the Warriors, who were also boosted by the return of Klay Thompson from injury. 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.

James said he hesitated on calling a timeout when Smith was dribbling away from the basket because he wasn't totally sure the Cavs had one and it could've led to a technical foul. But there were too many simple breakdowns for the Cavs to be competitive in this game.

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