And then Warriors Coach Steve Kerr dropped the mic. "He was getting after it". If the Warriors bring their "B" game - as they did in Game 1 - they will fall in Cleveland. That's how talented he is. The old adage that role players perform better at home has certainly held true for this Cavaliers' team. Acquired from Utah at the trade deadline, Hood has played just seven minutes in the Cavs' last seven playoff games. "Just because we're going home doesn't mean we can relax".
"We have confidence in JR", Lue said following the Game 2 loss. Had the charge call made against Kevin Durant late in the game not been reversed, the Cavaliers probably would have won Game 1.
"It sucks to lose", a grim-faced James said.
The Cavaliers lost Game 3 a year ago, won Game 4, before Golden State closed it out at home in Game 5. They are almost 10 points per 100 possessions worse with him on the floor than even Calrkson, who has crossed the line from aggressive into reckless and each minute he plays is a rollercoaster ride.
Thompson on Saturday was moving as gingerly as an octogenarian.
The Warriors were also boosted by the return of Klay Thompson who had been nursing a sprained left ankle and had 20 points.
"I think I only got exhausted once tonight", James said. It's daunting to deal with Durant, one of the few guys in the league who can post up against James, turn and face the four-time MVP and shoot over him with relative ease.
The Warriors, of course, can counter anything the Cavs throw at them, but they'll need to be on their A-game if they expect to beat the Cavs once in Cleveland, much less twice. When all three are on, game over early.
The Cavaliers were the most recent victims of an NBA Finals sweep, being blanked by San Antonio in 2007 in the first finals trip for LeBron James, now playing in an eighth consecutive finals and ninth overall.
In the second quarter, for instance, James missed five of his seven shots and was a minus-9, racking up half of his overall minus-18 for the night. "Anything we run for him, they switch out, deny and take it away". "But you've got to make things as tough on him as you can".
The Cavs needed a strong start, and they got it helped by a playground move from James. At that point there is really nothing you can do.
In the worst-case scenario where the offensive production from the supporting cast dries up and Draymond Green fails to contribute much in the points column, Curry, Thompson and Durant must have ideal games.
James looked worn out at times, though he only copped to that once. "Look, we're not broken", Lue said on Saturday. "I have to shoot the ball better".
Golden State's lead never approached single digits again after Curry's back-breaking three before the shot clock expired.
The Warriors got a key Game 2 spark from JaVale McGee. He finished with 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting.