Stephen Curry dribbled every which way and ran a circle around LeBron James, then drove left through the paint and beat him to the rim for a right-handed layup over the star’s outstretched arm in a move reminiscent of his recent MVP magic.
Steve Kerr got a front-row seat again for the show, delighted to be back on the bench witnessing those signature moments he has seen so many times before.
Kerr watched his Golden State Warriors grab a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals by downing theCleveland Cavaliers 132-113 Sunday night in another rout, returning to the sideline with a warm welcome from the sellout crowd after a six-week absence.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Here’s something you never thought you would hear: After scoring a postseason-low 91 points in a Game 1 loss in the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ coaching staff found itself cajoling? JR Smith?to shoot more, not less.
Smith, a notorious gunner who claims his personal motto is, “When in doubt, shoot,” attempted only four shots in 28 minutes on Thursday. He scored just three points and attempted only one of those shots after the first quarter.
Cleveland, well aware that the? Golden State Warriors‘ potent offense will require big numbers on the offensive end to stay in range this series, is looking to Smith to tap into his missing scoring persona.
From a tiff with the chair umpire to the big deficit he created and then needed to overcome in a steady rain, Novak Djokovic had an all-around difficult day at the French Open.
Rafael Nadal’s journey to the fourth round, in contrast, could hardly have been easier. Indeed, his 100th best-of-five-set match on clay was also the most lopsided
LeBron James had a simple explanation for what stood out in Game 1 of the NBA Finals: KD.
With a motivated Kevin Durant playing some of the best basketball of his career and taking the pressure off Stephen Curry, Golden State dominated Cleveland 113-91 in Game 1 on Thursday night and showed that Cavaliers-Warriors III might not look anything like the previous showdowns.
“You take one of the best teams that we had ever assembled last year, that we saw in the regular season and in the postseason, and then in the offseason you add a high-powered offensive talent like that and a great basketball IQ like that, that’s what stands out,” James said. “I mean, it’s no if, ands, or buts. It is what it is. We’ve got to figure out how to combat that, which is going to be a tough challenge for us.
“But that’s what stands out.”