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After Game 1 gaffe, J.R. Smith seeking a bounce-back effort

07 June, 2018, 12:48 | Author: Drew Briggs
  • Stephen Curry hit an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points mixing in big shots with clever celebratory moves while leading the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night for 2-0 lead

The Cavs trailed 2-0 against the Warriors before going on to win the championship series in 2016, but James insists they need to stay on the edge.

The Warrior faithful on Sunday night gave him a standing ovation.

Some Warriors believe it was a unsafe play by Perkins and told ESPN that was the reason the 6-foot-3 guard confronted the 6-foot-10 center, resulting in the two standing face-to-face and exchanging words in front of the Cavaliers bench before being separated.

They have won eight in a row.

Speaking to media two days removed from the match, Smith kind of cleared up the issue of what he was or was not thinking during the play.

"We've been very persistent, very resilient throughout this whole season no matter what's been going on", he said.

"The odds have been stacked up against me since I was an adolescent", said James.

"I might have said that", Smith said.

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The mercurial player said he is equipped to deal with it. I told somebody right after the game that I'm glad it happened to me as opposed to anybody else on my team.

James posted a triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists while Kevin Love had a double-double with 20 points and 13 boards in the loss.

"He probably took that loss as hard as anybody on the team", Cavs star LeBron James said Saturday. "I've always been the one guy who's the butt of the jokes, or that one guy who does something insane and everybody's got to look at or whatever the case may be".

"We got stagnant", Love said. And while the Warriors came back to win Game 4, a tone had been set - one that carried through the rest of the series. "We have an opportunity to come out and protect home".

The most untrusted teammate for Game 2 was JR Smith. 'Winning a Super Bowl or winning a Stanley Cup or winning a World Series or winning an NBA championship or a national championship is way bigger than getting invited to the White House, ' James added, 'especially with him in there, in my opinion'.

Thompson suffered a left ankle sprain when he was inadvertently undercut by Smith during a play in the first quarter in Game One. However, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported that Warriors players told him they believed the play was unsafe and that Curry could've injured himself on Perkins' legs (though - as you can see - Perkins never moved his legs). But the job is not done, and you can't relax or be comfortable when you're still trying to win this thing. Golden State played like a team that had been properly spooked into focusing on the task at hand in its Game 1 escape. "We're doing some good things, but it's not translating into Ws so we've got to figure it out".

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