The Knight in the shining armor for the Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry who has been almost perfect during their regular season displayed the one of the most ugliest game ever in the NBA finals game 2.
He shot two for 15 beyond the arc and simply couldn’t ignite the Warriors offense whatsoever. The Warriors would go on to lose Game 2 by two points in arguably their worst postseason outing yet. While the defense managed to hold the Cavaliers to only 32 percent shooting from the field, they struggled too much offensively to dictate their own pace. Ultimately, it was Lebron James and the Cavs who escaped overtime with the last laugh this time around.
It starts with Curry. As the reigning MVP, there’s no way Curry can allow himself to remain flustered any longer.Matthew Dellavedova
To add to Curry’s forgettable night, the entire team looked off as well. Klay Thompson managed to pick up the slack offensively, dropping 34 points on 50 percent shooting, but got most of his looks early on and like his fellow Splash Brother, started to hoist up heat checks and ill-advised shots. In addition, no other Warriors stepped up. Marreese Speights was ineffective with his mid-range jumpers and missed a costly open dunk in transition that would have given the offensively-desperate Warriors two needed points. Andrew Bogut was badly outplayed by Timofey Mozgov. Bogut played well in the first quarter, pulling down boards and commanding the paint, but as the game went on, he was unable to out-rebound Mozgov or Tristan Thompson. Shaun Livingston, Harrison Barnes, and Iguodala didn’t offer much offensively either. Barnes couldn’t hit his corner threes (or any threes at all). Iguodala continued his stellar defense on LeBron, but only attempted five field goals all night. Livingston didn’t provide much of anything in 14 minutes of playing time. He scored three points to go with only one rebound and assist.
The Cavaliers have dictated the pace in Games 1 and 2. The Warriors haven’t been able to impose their will with transition offense because the Cavs are using so many ISO sets. This limits the opportunities for the turnovers that fuel the Warriors’ fast breaks. The Warriors committed an absurd 18 turnovers with only 16 assists in Game 2. That simply won’t cut it for the rest of the series. Cleveland’s defense has been exceptional, limiting the Warriors’ easy looks, but the Warriors have been stagnant in their offense, refusing to move around for great looks and instead, they’ve settled for poor shots.
As Warrior went into Game 3 of the NBA finals with the best away game record. The Cavs showed what are they really made of Lebron James with 40 points and dishing out 8 assists with 12 rebounds in his 46 minutes of his game play, and his sidekick Matthew Dellavedova added 20 points which led them to their game 3win.
People would say that game 2 was the ugliest game for Stephen Curry but this game 3 was the ugliest game of the whole Warrior team, no defending in the paint which allowed Mozgov and Lebron to dominate them in the whole game. Their was no Draymond Green, Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes and not also Klay Thompson, who had a great regular season. but in this game up till the third quarter Golden state survived only due to the fast break points scored by Andre Iguodala.
But as every game has its up and falls Warrior where able to get together their game together in the fourth quarter, The league’s MVP finally found his shooting touch in the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points as the Warriors, who trailed by 20 in the third, refused to go away. Golden State got a huge lift from reserve David Lee, but they rode Curry, who made five 3-pointers – his last with 18.9 seconds to pull the Warriors within 94-91.
Cleveland then caught a break when referee Danny Crawford blew an inadvertent whistle with 17.5 seconds to go after Golden State appeared to force a turnover. The officials, who have come under scrutiny for several missed calls in the series, then reviewed the play and it was clear that Klay Thompson was out of bounds when he made contact with the ball that Dellavedova was holding in his hands.
James was fouled and made two free throws with 16.8 seconds left. On Golden State’s last possession, Andre Iguodala appeared to get fouled on a 3-point attempt and the Cavs pulled down the rebound to close out a win that nearly slipped away.
Curry finished with 27 points but had three turnovers in the final minute. Iguodala scored 15, Klay Thompson, 14 and Lee, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2, had 11.