The Finals Live Blog Game 2

OAKLAND — Eyes on the prize.

That’s what the Golden State Warriors are focusing on for Game 2 of these Finals. Everyone else is talking about Kyrie Irving and to a lesser extent Kevin Love, the two superstars missing from the Cleveland Cavaliers lineup for the remainder of this series.

You know those two will be o the mind of one LeBron James when we tip this thing off shortly.

The Warriors, however, are focused on another name. Larry O’Brien (that’s him up top in gold). The prize. Three more wins for the Warriors and he takes up residence here in the Oakland (and the Bay Area) for the first time in 40 years.

Think about that for a second … a 40 year absence between appearances in The Finals and championships. It’s no wonder this building is electric with anticipation tonight. Oracle Arena is ready for the “Roar.”

We’ll soon find out if LeBron and these beat up Cavaliers are ready to shock the world and guarantee a return trip. We’re here all night live from the scene …

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You know this cat is ready

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The Logo and Santana, two living legends in the building!

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“Warriors” chants started early tonight. Those jitters from the start of Game 1 extended from the home locker room and into the crowd. No such luck tonight for the visitors.

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Starting lineup data provided by my main man @johnschuhmann of NBA.com

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Well, if you believe in signs …

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You can’t do the anthem any better than the Santanas did it tonight!

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Oracle is lit up and ready to go!

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Interesting … his mind has to be racing.

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Mismatch!

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They are definitely still paying attention in Miami …

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Folks seemed convinced that this series won’t make it back here, I’m not so sure about that.

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The MVP’s shoe game is wicked!

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Maybe the Birthday Prince can help?

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Doing what MVPs do!

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Cavs right back in this thing.

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Warriors clearly are not a one-man team. Steph’s struggling with that shot (1-for-5).

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Like I said, it’s looking like a Klay Thompson kind of night in Game 2!

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This is not Lob City folks …

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Flick of the wrist for James Jones

https://twitter.com/Barryathree/status/607712477896253440

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Hoops Twilight Zone in here right now. James Jones putting it on the floor and scoring and Delly locking up Steph as Cavs lead 40-33.

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LeBron said he could only play 41 or 42 minutes in a Finals game. But he’s on pace for the whole thing …

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A little J.R. Smith update for you.

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Blake Griffin created a beast that has become Mr. Timofey Mozgov?

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Cavaliers have to feel good about where this thing is headed if they continue to play this way.

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At the half

https://twitter.com/NBATV/status/607718850465898496

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You didn’t know Dwyane Wade would be at The Finals this year?

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A little perspective on the work 23 in blue has done thus far.

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A little bit of Klay goes a long way.

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Please Steph, don’t hurt him.

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Cavs miss 10 straight shots but stay ahead 51-49 because Warriors can’t hit either and they are controlling the tempo.

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Fan just nailed a half court shot. At least somebody is hitting ’em out there tonight. Cavs are shooting a grizzly 36 percent from the floor and still lead 51-49.

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Cavs coach David Blatt has officially pulled out all of the stops for Game 2. Mike Miller on the floor.

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Hard to argue with the Cavs up 62-56 with 2:14 to play in the third quarter.

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Control the glass, control the game!

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The MVP cannot shake loose from the Cavaliers, who have done an outstanding job locking him down.

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Mo Speights blew a tire on that one!

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For the love of Nellie someone make a shot! Cavs up 62-59 after a combined 29 points in the third quarter.

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A Thompson 3-pointer is followed by Delly Time!

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This is Game 1s evil twin for LeBron … let’s see how he finishes this one.

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Better be soon, or it might be too late!

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Draymond Green with a good hard foul on LeBron. Being reviewed but I’m not sure why. Just a good playoff foul.

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We are now witnessing the MVP’s worst shooting night of the season (3-for-16) and counting …

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Here we go with the memes … even though LeBron and the Cavs are up 10.

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LeBron playing the role of giant killer, if that’s possible, with yet another dagger. The deep 3 for the 83-72 lead with 3:13 to play. Dagger!

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We’re in Hack-a-Tristan Thompson mode here, and the young fella is not shy at the line. Well, that was until JR Smith decided to hack the MVP (scratches head) after he just drilled a 3-pointer with LeBron in his face.

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Cavs better hold on here for the sake of JR!

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We’re getting extra time, again. LeBron at the rim at the buzzer but couldn’t get it to fall. Too many Warriors in the neighborhood.

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Had to get a Thrones Tweet in here somewhere …

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Agreed!

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Good JR is getting whipped right now by bad JR

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Dellavedova’s two free throws with 10.1 seconds to play gives the Cavaliers a 94-93 lead. They can still steal one here at Oracle and flip this series heading back to Cleveland.

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Dellavedova forces the air ball from Steph, LeBron makes one of two free throws and Steph turns it over again down 95-93 and Cleveland gets their split. Unbelievable game … again!

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We’ll get at least five of these!

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6 Comments

  1. Antonio Perez says:

    i can’t really help myself this is just too funny , i saw the total opposite the referees screwing GS a bunch of weirds call againts GS in favor of the CAVS ,the CAVS wrap and grab the GS players then the GS players are called for foul and this didn’t happen just one time there was a sequence like 5 times straight players and the oscar winner lebron james this guy is just too much but just as an actor i really thought he was going to cry , lebron always puhes with his hand before he atempt to drive to the basket , of course no foul called we need to spoon fed lebron try to make him look good obviosly he is not as good as vangundy want you to believe please bring marv alvert and get vangundy a head coach job i can stand him ,you suppose to be neutral is obvious he want lebron to win lebrun is so good and the GS are so bad give me a break ok to wrap things , barnes was called for a foul because lebron grab him then he tried to free him self and that’s a foul , when le lebrun move to the side to crete contact with igualada foul ,and the called where the CAVS fans complaint about foul well lebron travel 24 seconds violation then the foul and the funnier of them all lebrun a pro basketball grab the ball when he knows he has to tap the ball , the league has to do something because it look real ugly the player complaining to the refs every single time , lebrun even look at the referee wrong , no technical foul call , you can make fun of my english i don’t care you like lebron fine i don’t like his attitude or his one side court game the cavs were lucky curry had a bad night that’s all i’ve spoken

  2. skamburu says:

    This game is well over before the fourth quarter is over if the refs were not playing against cavs and warriors didn’t foul Thriston Thompson shamelessly in the fourth quarter of a team that lost two all stars.

  3. Tornado says:

    This game reminds me of the Lakers playoff a few years ago where Tim Donaghy was the referee. What is going on with the whistle when LJ is fouled? I wouldn’t like to be called champion if I need help from the referees. The Cavs have to play against 8, and they still won!

  4. Debbi and Frank says:

    No one is saying anything about the refs in this game. Who ever allowed players to be fouled so blatantly and not call them? When was it okay for a player to put his hands on the other during a jump ball? Come on. Even the Golden State fans saw those fouls. This is the playoffs. Shouldn’t the refs be of playoff caliber?

  5. Warriors says:

    Overtime

  6. jertoo says:

    Great rendition of the national anthem. Different but much better than the soloist who add their own twists to the anthem.