Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Steve Kerr throws shade at LeBron James during Game 2 press conference

Steve Kerr throws shade at LeBron James during Game 2 press conference

Want Warriors news in your inbox? When he recovered control of the ball, the shot clock was expiring and he heaved a 28-footer over Love's arm.

Thompson grew up playing multiple sports with his brothers and has said he has a high tolerance for pain.

Nobody needs to be the Durant Whisperer around Warriors Headquarters. All they have to do is take them.

The Warriors neutralized him without their best LeBron defender, Andre Iguodala, who could make his debut in this series in Game 3 Wednesday night in Cleveland after missing the Warriors' last six games with a knee injury. Sign up for Mark Medina's private text messaging service. Thompson, with his first 3-pointer of the night at 7:05 of the second quarter Thursday, moved into sole possession of sixth place for career playoff 3s, passing Kobe Bryant (292). That should naturally leave space for players with smaller roles to step up, but with the way the roster is constructed and the continual failure to get just about anything out of their bench, the reality of Who the Warriors Are vs. Who the Cavaliers Are is here, and it's clear.

Cleveland is off to a good start in what is usually Golden State's quarter.

Cavs guard J.R. Smith, whose late-game blunder in the opener denied Cleveland a potential winning shot, was greeted with a standing ovation by Warriors fans and chants of "M-V-P" when he went to the free throw line.

LeBron James, with his eye still red after getting poked by Draymond Green in Game 1, has 15 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. He shot efficiently from the field after shooting 8-of-22 and 1-of-7 from the perimeter in the Warriors' Game 1 win over Cleveland. The fans in Oakland obliged by facetiously offering their gratitude for JR Smith's snafu at the end of regulation of Game 1.

9 - Warriors coach Steve Kerr gets the nod for the most significant tweak from Game 1 to 2 after starting JaVale McGee instead of Kevon Looney.

It is also about Thompson's toughness.

Despite the injury, Thompson would log 45 minutes and produce 24 points on 50 percent shooting in Golden State's 124-114 OT win.

1 - Need another reminder that Thompson is the Warriors' unsung hero during this current dynasty in the making? "The ankle feels great". After the game Smith described his performance in one word: "terrible".

"It's one of the toughest losses I've had in my career", James acknowledged Saturday, "because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the way we played".

"It's something that you use a lot", Thompson said. "I have to shoot the ball better. I'm not going to meet you at the bus". After all, Curry dealt with ankle injuries at the beginning of his nine-year National Basketball Association career and had four overlapping ailments this season to his right ankle. Thompson joked, "it's a good movie".

Curry's tally is now up to 370 3-pointers, surpassing James' 369. "You know, nine threes and seemed to hit the big shot every time we needed one".

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