Don't overlook Draymond Green, "arguably one of the best defenders and minds in our game".
LeBron James had 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in the loss.
"But how I'd feel if we would get a meeting with LeBron James?" "I didn't want to run there and shoot a bad shot, fall on the ground and they got numbers going the other way so I chose to pull up". "I think everybody gets excited for the small parts of the game, and Steph is one of those guys that just brings that joy". I'm really just trying to come in and trying to be the best player and teammate I can be until this thing is over. I'll wake up Friday morning, I'll be locked in on the game plan and what needs to be done to help our team win.
Neither do 28 other teams, but the Cavaliers' problems with him get exposed on the biggest of National Basketball Association stages.
The Cavaliers opened their biggest lead of the series at 13 points and maintained a double-digit advantage through much of the first two quarters, built mostly through the shooting of James and Smith and the rebounding of Kevin Love, who has quietly had a tremendous series. As Glasspiegel noted, the only way James could beat the Warriors is to team up with another superstar who's about to become an unrestricted free agent this summer: Kevin Durant.More news: NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Model X crash
Durant didn't have it in Game 1, but the Warriors picked him up.
Durant scored nine points in a 15-8 run to close the second quarter that pulled Golden State within 58-52 at half-time after trailing by as many as 13 points.
"The series isn't over, and these guys [some Cavaliers teammates] have been in this position before", said Rodney Hood, who had his breakout performance of the postseason Wednesday night with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
They played well enough to win this game, but awful defensive execution down the stretch and Kevin Durant proved too much for Cleveland to overcome.
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Although the Cavaliers may have the world's best player on their side in James, no team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the NBA Finals.
With under a minute left, he drilled a deep dagger three-pointer over the outstretched arm of J.R. Smith with just four seconds remaining on the shot clock. We have an opportunity to extend the series.
"We know, throughout the course of a 48-minute game, there are going to be plays where it was a miscue here, it was a miscue there".More news: Disturbing nursery rhyme teaches kindergartners how to survive a school shooting