LeBron was once "like a mentor" to Curry, but as Steph's game improved, coinciding with the Warriors' rise, he "challenged LeBron's status". "If you make a shot, they aren't going to scream as loud anyway".

The NBA's Kings may be based in Sacramento but the kings of the NBA hail from Golden State.

Thompson has been much more lethal against the Cavaliers this postseason, averaging 22 points per game. There is plenty about which to complain, obviously, but the "lobbying" didn't work in Games 1-2; it amounts to wasted energy.

With some of those buckets coming in garbage time, Curry appeared to have found a little extra fuel for the fourth quarter.

McGee will get the start in Game 3 on Wednesday, but as the venue shifts to Cleveland there will be more pressure on all the Warriors.


Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry has established himself as one of the greatest basketball players in the world, having already secured two NBA championships and two MVP awards.

Now it is time for LeBron James to try and cement his legacy by stealing a win at ORACLE Arena and evening up the NBA Finals a 1-1. But there was also something revealing in his words, something that cuts to the heart of Cleveland's ability to get this far in the playoffs, despite facing elimination against Milwaukee and Boston. They've been even better without any frontcourt player - sorry, Kevin Love.

But while the Cleveland Cavaliers struggled to contain the Warriors in a lot of ways on Sunday night - Golden State scored 50 points in the paint on 71 per cent shooting - it was the performance from Curry that underlined the embarrassment of riches that the Warriors have. Cleveland's 26-of-51 shooting in the paint wasn't bad.

The Cavaliers, primarily through LeBron, attacked Golden State and scored 52 points in the paint, not counting foul shots earned in the lane. 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. "I mean, we're in the NBA Finals". The thought of what happened then lingers.

Leading the charge was Stephen Curry, who was outstanding in posting 33 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.


Thompson says Curry is aware of this and plays with the mindset of dominating the competition enough that the players will be left with no choice but to respect him.

"We feed off our crowd".

"Both those guys just stayed ready for whatever their role was going to be", Curry told ESPN after the game.

Usually the Cavs are in such situations.

Remember, the young Celtics were one game away this year from being in the Finals and they were without Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.


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