Basketball: No NBA 'What ifs' for Cavs' Calderon, Warrior for a day

Basketball: No NBA 'What ifs' for Cavs' Calderon, Warrior for a day

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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.

Cleveland made a nice push, but Golden State takes a double-digit lead into the fourth quarter. Klay Thompson (55) needs two 3-pointers to pass Robert Horry into third place. For the past four years, they have been the top favorites to win it all.

In Game 2 on Sunday, he dropped 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting, breaking a Finals record by netting nine three-pointers along the way.

Of course, this came after James had 51 points in the gut-punch Game 1 loss when George Hill missed a potential game-winning free throw and Smith forgot what the score was. But Thompson improved overnight Saturday into Sunday.

"That night when I was ready to travel, Kevin Durant got injured, and I understood they needed a bigger guy, and it's what it was".

Thompson limped off the court but returned to the bench in the first quarter, evoking a real Willis Reed type moment for the sellout crowd.

"I'm always a person the fans like to talk to and heckle", Smith said.

Here is the replay where you can see just how flawless the pass was. "I'm not going to meet you at the bus". Had his Cavaliers teammates converted more of their large selection of their open looks, James might have had more.

Curry hit five 3s in the fourth quarter as the Warriors turned it into a romp after the Cavaliers were within seven points early in the period. In Game 2, that storm arrived a bit late, but it was timely nonetheless.

And you don't get that many taking nights off, you know.

Yet even with Green's sordid past when it comes to suspension, he made it clear that he's glad Tristan Thompson wasn't suspended.

It's a long, long grind to get to where we want to be.

"We've got to get that same focus going to Cleveland", Curry said.

"Klay is just a physical specimen", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

And Kerr appreciates it from his 6-foot-7 shooting guard, one of the league's underrated players - in the eyes of the general public.

"It is a Finals game, and I'm going to do everything I possibly can to play", he said.

Calderon's roundabout journey to his first finals began in Spain, where he grew up watching his father play for Doncel La Serena. You could count on night after night.

"But you know (in) the summers, you can meet anybody anywhere", he said. If they can go right down to the wire once, they should be able to do it again.

He went 9-for-17 overall from deep and singlehandedly destroyed any hope that Cleveland had in evening the series, hitting a number of clutch shots from beyond the arc. That's a hugely valuable asset for a team to have.

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