Cavs' J.R. Smith struggles in Game 2 after Game 1 blunder

Cleveland Cavaliers J.R. Smith owns up to costly NBA Finals mistake explains pressure of playing with Le Bron James

The third quarter of Sunday's NBA Finals Game 2 ended with Golden State Warriors guard stepping into the Cleveland Cavaliers bench after heaving a corner 3-pointer in an attempt to beat the buzzer. His trey tally surpassed Ray Allen's previous NBA Finals single-game mark of eight 3-pointers, which was set in 2010. And three years ago, when the Warriors won their first title, Curry was their leading scorer, at 26 points per game, but he was somewhat a victim of his own standards. Shots taken by Green are shots not taken by Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, etc.

"Regardless of how the season went, that's a pretty cool deal to accomplish", Curry told reporters. "But at the end of the day, it's all about trying to get a win and doing whatever you can to make that happen".

Steph Curry set a new National Basketball Association finals record for most successful three-point attempts after landing nine from long-range.

"I'm optimistic Andre will play at some point in the series", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said on Sunday. "He seemed to hit a big shot every time we needed him".

Warriors forward David West hit just the 65th three-pointer of his career and his first since the 2016-17 postseason in the third quarter. "But as far as working harder, I think I got exhausted once".

Once the Cavs defense broke down, they had to repurpose their energy toward stopping McGee and Bell from getting open dunks, and that came at the expense of defending Curry.

James is said to want to remain on the east making the Sixers the the most obvious choice, however he could opt for the Rockets to play alongside best friend Chris Paul.

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It was only one game, but they could've won the first game in Oakland and taken command of the series. Durant struggled with his shot but wound up with 26 points on 8-for-22 shooting and nine rebounds.

Asked if the Cavs felt defenseless guarding Curry, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson barked: "No. F-. No".

Smith went 2-of-9 from the floor and scored only five points in what he called a "terrible" performance, but said the crowd wasn't a factor. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors' offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.

The NBA's Kings may be based in Sacramento but the kings of the NBA hail from Golden State. The Watch ESPN app is also accessible via a cable or satellite provider login where the NBA Finals can be streamed.

Who knew? Cleveland was down 10 heading into the fourth quarter.

The water did not work for James, as he infamously got severe cramps late in the fourth quarter and had to sit out the final four minutes of the game.

2-for-7 - Although he isn't counted on as much as Korver at least in terms of the scoring column, when Jeff Green is the sixth man, like he has been throughout much of the postseason, he must shoot better than just 2-for-7 with six points. That year, the Cavaliers came back, winning Game 3 and eventually overcoming a 3-1 deficit to take the championship.

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