The Warriors vowed to make it harder for James to generate good looks after he shot 19 for 32 in the series opener, and James went 12:06 of game time between made baskets. They shot just 9 for 27 from long range and are at 35 percent for the series, a number that will need to improve if Cleveland wants to reverse the tide of the finals. That's what Golden State wants.
Smith rebounded a George Hill missed free throw with less than five seconds remaining and the game tied but dribbled the ball out to the perimeter and ran out the clock, seemingly thinking the Cavs had the lead.
Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) Jordan Bell (2) and Shaun Livingston (34) react during the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, June 3, 2018. It hasn't been almost enough against a Warriors' team that has four All-Stars in the prime of their careers, including Stephen Curry, who set a Finals record with nine three-pointers made in Game 2. "So let's not get too far on that".
Following the loss, Smith was asked if the attention bothered him.
We're not saying the Cavs shouldn't try something - anything - to win the next two games at The Q and, at the very least, make things interesting.
"I will continue to stay uncomfortable, and I hope our guys continue to stay uncomfortable no matter with us going back home".
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"A lot of countries do believe that England are a big threat in the World Cup ", the Tottenham forward said. I feel I learned from the things I've done before, but it's not something I worry about at all.
"Nah", Smith said. "I'm always a person who the fans like to talk to, or heckle, whatever".
During Game 1, Cleveland's LeBron James had been having one of the greatest games of his career, scoring 49 points in regulation, tying the game and giving his team of underdogs a fighting chance.
David Guthrie, welcome to the NBA Finals.
The Cavaliers were one Durant three-pointer in the final minute away from possibly making the series in 2017 2-1.
Also part of the crew will be Derrick Stafford, who was picked as a finals ref for the eighth time.
Wednesday and Friday are those more important games.