LeBron James' eye remains bloodshot in Game 2 of 2018 NBA Finals

Ruben Holloway
June 4, 2018

The Warriors, after all, are turning out to be one of the best teams ever assembled in the history of the National Basketball Association.

"MVP! MVP!" the Warriors' fans sarcastically chanted at Smith.

Three 3-pointers by Curry sparked a 19-8 Warriors second-quarter run as Golden State took a 59-46 halftime edge. Without Iguodala available, it was Livingston who finished the overtime period with the four All-Stars in Game 1. The Cavaliers need to find some time for his to shut it down between now and Thursday night, because Game 3 is a must-win for the Cavaliers if they want to make it back here to the Bay Area for a Game 5. Green then quickly fed J.R. Smith for a wide-open three-pointer.

It's been a rocky road for the Cavaliers this season, going through some big changes to their roster. He says he appreciates greatness in all forms - the Warriors, LeBron James, as well as the careers of Tiger Woods and Serena Williams.

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Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr refused to reveal his revised strategy following James' 51-point Game 1 assault that almost stole home-court advantage for the Cavaliers, but it didn't take a Rhodes Scholar to figure it out.

Cleveland's superstar could also reach the top five in NBA Finals rebounds, as he enters nine behind Tom Heinsohn (473) for the No. 5 spot. He scored 29 points, collected nine rebounds and dished out 13 assists.

It was clear, though, that Smith had no idea what the plan was.

"But you know (in) the summers, you can meet anybody anywhere", he said.

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LeBron James was unbelievable as he finished with 51 points on 59.4% shooting while contributing eight rebounds and eight assists. Curry had 29 points and nine assists, Durant totaled 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists and Klay Thompson scored 24 points.

Kerr's exact quote was, "By the way, I thought you guys were much better today".

Smith didn't seem to let the mistake affect his confidence heading into Game 2. It means that, if the Cavaliers want to get back into the series, they must elevate their play. Twitter has been ablaze with people creating memes about the error. Yet, Thompson stepped on the court and played as if nothing happened.

Even if we take LeBron at his word, that he wasn't exhausted, it was because he was conserving energy on both ends of the floor throughout the game. George Hill has pitched in with 12 points, but Kevin Love is 2 for 10. It will be the fourth straight finals that Santana, a 10-time Grammy victor and three-time Latin Grammy victor, has played the anthem before the second game on the Warriors' home floor. With just under eight minutes to go and the Cavs still within striking distance, Curry dribbled the ball through his legs to deke Kevin Love, but lost control of the ball and found himself moving on his heels, away from the rim.

A similar situation occurred in the summer of 2016, when sportsbooks saw big bets (including one $20,000 wager) show up on Golden State before news broke that Kevin Durant had chose to leave Oklahoma City and join the Warriors.

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Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds, six assists and three blocks, while Klay Thompson scored 24 points. Asked if the loss was one of the most disappointing of his career in Finals games, James said it probably was.

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