Game 2: 24-second thoughts

24 — If you were already a longshot to win the series and now have lost one of your two main offensive weapons, isn’t it a good time, at least, for an underdog to be led by a guy named David (Blatt)? Better be a big slingshot.

23 — National anthem singer Carlos Santana was a guest of the Warriors. But long ago in 1969, his featured number at Woodstock was Soul Sacrifice, exactly what the LeBron James and Cavs need here.

22 — That’s one way to slow down Klay Thompson’s 4-for-6 shooting, nine-point start. Get a bad call on Iman Shumpert drive that sends Thompson to the bench with his second foul.

21 — So much for the Cavs rolling over without Kyrie Irving. Took the early punch from Warriors and fight their way back end of first quarter. Doesn’t hurt when Stephen Curry shoots 1-for-6. Credit the pest Matthew Dellavedova.

20 — Despite two early fouls on Klay Thompson and Festus Ezeli, indication is you’ll have to withstand a bruising tonight. They’re letting them mix it up and play.

19 — How much longer can Blatt keep Delly on Klay here in second quarter? The mouse is having the whole house land on his head. Cavs have to get out of that matchup.

18 — About that getting everybody else involved plan by LeBron? His teammates are 5-for-20.

17 — Off night in the Stanley Cup Finals, but the Cavs might as well be wearing skates and carrying sticks for the way they’re mucking this game up in the corners. These are not comfortable Warriors.

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15 — LeBron 20-6-6 at the half. Just as important, Cavs run two quarters off the clock and give themselves a chance. Now if somebody would just put a body on Klay.

14 — Cavs shoot 6-for-8 off passes from LeBron in second quarter. They did not take a shot off a LeBron pass in the first quarter.

13 — Maybe if Draymond Green would take off those headphones, somebody could tell him that he might want to turn the volume up on his game that so far has been forgettable in The Finals.

12 — OK, so the MVP finally got rid of the pest Delly. All it took was your average double-crossover, behind-the-back dribble only-by-Curry drive for a layup.

11 — You have to ask whether the Warriors are just missing all these open 3s — 4-for-22 middle thirrd quarter — or they’ve been rattled by the Cavs?

10 —Sums up the Golden State night. Marreese Speights blows the breakaway dunk to end third quarter. The Cavs have everybody but Klay Thompson looking over their shoulder and the 12-minute game they wanted. First time all season Warriors didn’t hit 65 after three quarters.

9 — If Cavs win this game, little point guard from Cleveland is going to get the Bucky Dent treatment forever in Bay Area: Matthew %$#!!*&# Dellavedova!

8 — Can Warriors stand up to the night long pounding by Cavs? Down five with 8½ minutes left, Steve Kerr goes back to the small lineup to pull it out. But Golden State looks beat up.

7J.R. stands for Just Remember, I’m J.R. Smith and dumb plays like that foul on Curry are what make me me. And then I do it again by fouling Harrison Barnes. And just for good measure, one more time on Curry in OT.

6 — Cleveland sports history: The Pass. The Fumble. The Shot. Next up: The Collapse? Cavs lead by 11 with 3:12 left and now LeBron’s miss sends it to OT.

5 — Tony Brothers, your guide dog could have made that call on Andre Iguodala’s hack of LeBron while helping you across the street.

4 — Green reaches and holds down LeBron by the shoulder on jump ball. Has there ever been an NBA superstar who didn’t get two consecutive huge calls in such a situation?

3 — LeBron 39 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists in 50 minutes and he’s so emotional seems on the verge of tears while talking to Doris Burke. Can we stop now with the nitpicking and cheap shots at James? He was all-in for the biggest win in Cavs history.

2 — Steph Curry (5-for-23), you’re on the clock.

1 — It’s Delly’s World and we’re all just living in it.

16 Comments

  1. Indiana'sownLarryBird says:

    No Irving no problem, Delly say what you want about him but he’s a hustler i like it !!!!!

  2. GRENADIAN LIONKING HEAVY DEE says:

    COACH BLATT IS SO HUMBLE REAL AND SO GUD FOR THE NBA

  3. GRENADIAN LIONKING HEAVY DEE says:

    THE NBA WANTS CURRY TO B THE NEW FACE OF THE NBA BUT WIN LOSE OR DRAW CAVS ARE NOT THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA BUT CAN MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO WIN ON ANY TEAMS FLOOR AND THEY KNOW HOW TO PLAY ALL REAL BASKETBALL BELIVE IT OR NOT. SINCE JANUARY THEY D BEST TEAM IN D NBA. ALL THE PPL WHO THINK CAVS COULD NOT BE 2 WINS UP AND THAT THE ARE NOT ABLE TO WIN SHOULD GO WORK AT FOOT LOCKER FOR NOT GIVING THE WORLDS MVP A CHANCE AFTER NOTICING HOW MUCH THE GUY HAS GROWN. EVEN AFTER CAVS ALMOST WON BOTH GAMES THEY ARE STILL THINKING CURRY LOST 1 GAME IS NOT BECAUSE OF THE CAVS DEFENSE. LOOK AT GAME 1 AGAIN KENNY SMITH AND CO. THEM GUYS SHOULD STOP USING THE TERM BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD. NO 1 ESES COULD GET TO D FINALS WITH THAT TEAM. BLATT N LBJ R TO B COMMENDED MUCH MORE. KOBE WITH THAT TEAM WOULD HAVE SCORED 70 POINTS ANS STILL LOSS D GAME BY 20. PPL THINK D BULLS WERE THAT EASY TO BEAT. THEY JUST MEET A SMARTER BBALL TEAM. Y DID THEY RUN THAT COACH. MY GOODNESS. TOM WAS D BEST. WIN OR LOSE LBJ N HIS CAVS R NOT AS EASY AS SOME OF THE PPL WHO GET PAID TO JUDGE AND PREDICT THINK. CURRY IS GREAT CAVS ARE ALSO. TUFF FINALS. WILL NEVER B EASY. WHO EVER WINS IT WONT B EASY AND AM GOING WITH CAVS

  4. crotazzo says:

    Awfull basketball… as an unbiased spectator of the sport i hate teams that rely solely on their superduperstar to hit at least 40% of their 50 shots to win a game.
    This finals, even though i have to admit the ots and parity make them thrilly, are just an endless constant repetition of 1 guy holding the ball on iso for 23secs and shooting no mater how many defenders are on his face. I wonder if we will see team basketball in this series or “2014s spurs” basketball ever again.

  5. SempreAnonimos says:

    Number 5 is the best one. Thanks Fran, I thought no one would talk about that.

    I don`t know what can be done with this type of mistakes with referees, but at least it should be pointed. As Vun Gundy said during the game, “It was a season defining call”. And we are not mentioning Draymond Green grabbing Lebron to force his way up in the jump ball, a few possessions later.

    Just terrible officiating.

  6. Lovins says:

    “5 — Tony Brothers, your guide dog could have made that call on Andre Iguodala’s hack of LeBron while helping you across the street.

    4 — Green reaches and holds down LeBron by the shoulder on jump ball. Has there ever been an NBA superstar who didn’t get two consecutive huge calls in such a situation?”

    Just repeating for all the crybabies who constantly complain that the NBA is “rigged” in favor of LeBron. Especially Bulls’ fans still whining about the circumstances leading to LeBron’s buzzer beater against them in game 4.

  7. jonatan says:

    like the final row…

    what about some credit to David Blatt??? the way his team was mentally prepared and the game plane which lead to this tied finish with low score is amazing!

  8. danteee says:

    curry choked on Dellys D

    OUTBACK JESUS

    AUSTRALIA!!!!

  9. bobthemagichornets says:

    The refs tried to give the game to GSW 2 clear fouls from Iguodala that could have been a game changer.

  10. J says:

    Such an awesome win! So great to see a team who deserves to win, win a game of this caliber. Cavs “refuse to lose” mentality kept Cavs alive after James, again, missed another potential game winner. It’s alright james, your chunky triple double duplicated the Confederence Finals’ performance, both leading to big OT wins.

    James and the Cavs played their hearts out to get that win. Now it’s back to Cleveland, where the Warriors choked hard the last time they visited with James returning back into the lineup to show his worth. He played a hard fought game tonight and kepy his teammates involved. Though James made several bad decisions down the stretch, he never wavered to let this game slip away. Cavs knew they would be done if they went down 0-2.

    We knew the Cavs would take it. We guaranteed a Game 2 win, even after losing Kyrie. It didn’t matter if Kyrie got sidelined, becaude this Game 2 lineup helped dispatch the Bulls and Hawks. Cavs are no joke. It showed tonight.

    Go get Game 3 and 4 Cavs! Glad this team didn’t believe in all the underdog criticism. They are dominant group. Matt delivered huge. James got his teammates involved, which showed in his chunky triple double.

  11. Vinny says:

    The refs almost won the game for the warriors… so many non calls on the final minutes. Lebron got fouled the ref was beside them… the jumpball in OT and the one with lebron… green held down lebron so he could not get up for the tip… resulting the ball landing in his hands… Glad the cavs won game 2.

  12. HARVEY says:

    cleveland will win game 3, 4 in their homecourt
    then back to Gsw homecourt and warriors will win–3-1 in favor of Cavaliers,
    go back to Cavaliers homecourt and win the championship, 4-2 … Lebron is the finals MVP of 2015…

    My personal opinion…

  13. TMac says:

    They have the best player in the world but it doesn’t equate that they are the best team in the world. Dubs will win this in six!

  14. Bystander says:

    I a m not pulling for any team,but what I seen in game 2 of the NBA final with the Refree no calls when L James was Foul on several plays and the Refree act like he did not see,I only wonder is the Refree and NBA have the game fixed so the Cavalier do not have a chance. Shame, Shame. Go Cav,God Bless.

  15. Bill says:

    Wonder if the Warriors show up to play next game.

  16. BIG-GAME-JAMES-23 says:

    Cleveland is tougher, hungrier, and they have the best player in the world.

    All of the people that “wrote off the cavs”… then you don’t know anything about basketball..

    #Delly