3 takeaways from Game 2 vs. Warriors


Andre Iguodala

Warriors guard Stephen Curry broke Allen's mark in the fourth quarter of Golden State's Game 2 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night.

The differentiation in play between Golden State's and Cleveland's role players was not just the story of Game 2, but it's what sets them apart fundamentally in roster construction and organizational strategy. The Cleveland Cavaliers star followed up his 51-point performance in the Game 1 with a near triple-double of 29 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds. Golden State has made 17 of 23 shots directly off Curry's passes, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Trailing 0-2 in the Finals-the same position they were in last year-the Cavs return to Quicken Loans Arena on Wednesday night, where Cleveland's offense is 7.9 points per 100 possessions better and their defense is 7.4 per 100 better than when playing on the road. Yes, that was a better Cavs team - they had Kyrie Irving - and Durant had yet to join Golden State, but numerous same players remain on both teams. After Game 2 Tyronn Lue said as much, specifically with regard to Green.

Curry left the game with less than four minutes to go in the game and the Warriors comfortably ahead. We can have a conversation.' But there's something that burns them about the fact that Steph is the one that is exalted, and because of that, they want to go at him and, in fact, kind of demean his hype.

But they still had a chance to win it after Smith grabbed the rebound off the miss.

That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. "This is a team you don't want to be down 0-3 against". The Warriors neutralized him without their best LeBron defender, Andre Iguodala, who could make his debut in Game 3 of this series Thursday in Cleveland.

But the officiating came in for a lot of heat, especially from Cavs' fans. They know that, when they get a favorable matchup, they don't need to attack it with an isolation - they can just keep moving, forcing big men like Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson to either chase shooters around the court or communicate more switches away from the ball.

Sometimes there aren't good answers, which is why Lue was never willing to completely give up on Smith and continues to prop him up at every turn, nearly trying to will Smith into one of his explosion games.

When approached with this information, Curry told ESPN: "I'm not going to get into it".

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