The Finals Live Blog — Game 2

πŸ‘ŠπŸΎ @shaq pays tribute to Muhammad Ali! #NBAFinals

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OAKLAND —Β “Hammer, Hammer, I am, Hammer!”

The stars always come out for The Finals. But few cities offer local royalty like the Golden State Warriors, who can serve up a list that includes HT faves MC Hammer, E-40 and the fabulous Carlos Santana (who’s handling anthem duties tonight for Game 2).

The fact that there was a 40-year title drought in the Bay Area did little to diminish the fervor of Warriors fans throughout the years. I remember coming here a decade ago to cover games, when these Warriors weren’t even a pipe dream, and the crowds here at Oracle were off the charts.

Folks didn’t show up early back then to witness Stephen Curry‘s pregame routine.

But they do now. And if Steph and fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson get back on track after combining for just 20 points in the Warriors’ Game 1 win, this place will be off the charts well into the night.

Guys like Santana and E-40 and Hammer (below) will have plenty to be fired up about as their Dubs!

Diesel's Dunks: @shaq gives us his Top 10 dunks from the #NBAPlayoffs…

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Starting lineups for the Cavaliers … J.R. Smith is still in the first five. Let’s see if he can bounce back from that Game 1 no-shsow.

 

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A little pregame chat with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue by Kristen Ledlow

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Who knew the Splash Brothers-Plus-1 had moves like this?

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MyΒ main man David Aldridge gets a chuckle out of Steve Kerr before tip.

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John Schuhmann’s obligatory low-angle pregame money shot for the gram!

Klay Thompson, pre-game shooting.

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Nothing wrong with some team bonding this late in the season, especially before the biggest game (to date) of the season.

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Iman Shumpert going with the new ‘do for Game 2. The superstitious crowd will blame or praise his change, depending on the outcome.

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Shumpert got a perm and Steph is rocking new kicks. #changeyoucanbelievein

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A moment of silence for the G.O.A.T. Muhammad Ali. R.I.P.

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Something has gone terribly wrong for J.R. Smith. The flamethrower from the EC playoffs has not shown up yet.

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The painted area around the basket currently belongs to Andrew Bogut, at least on Cleveland’s end of the floor.

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Standing O for Bogut as he exits with game tied at 13 and 3:50 to play in the first quarter.

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Did I mention that Santana tore it up on the anthem?

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Smile, you’re on candid camera!

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Still waiting on that LeBron James Game 2 takeover

Not a particularly spectacular first quarter for either side.

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These blows down under are becoming a serious problem for Iggy!

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Trading blows, dunks both ways, this is starting to get interesting. 28-27 Cavs after a Klay 3 and a Livingston dunk with 9:36 to play before halftime.

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Looking like a Draymond Green Day out here right now.

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Standing 8 for Kevin Love after a Harrison Barnes ‘bow to the head.

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Love is fine!

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A better look at the ‘bow Love took.

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Splash Brothers with back-to-back 3-pointers for a 48-35 lead with 2:40 left.

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WARRIORS 52, CAVALIERS 44 at the half.

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Doin' @money23green stuff.

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MVP on MVP

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Use that term carefully …

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Halftime Trivia …

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Math skills often help.

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#FollowTheHair

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Keeping giving him the 3 and he’ll keep taking the 3!

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Truth hurts.

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Warriors up 67-53 with 5:58 to play and Steph on the bench in foul trouble. They’ve got one free throw (1) on their home floor in The Finals and are up 14. #strangedays

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Don’t even …

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Delayed impact for KLove? He has not returned.

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#SHADE

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Like I said earlier, it’s Day Day’s Day. Green with another 3! 74-57 Warriors.

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A dagger from Klay to end the third. WARRIORS 82, CAVALIERS 62.

This is a clinic!

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The Blur is straight ballin in this series. #perfection

Actually, he missed on a 3 from half court as the clock expired … but we get the point!

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Beep Beep! πŸ‡§πŸ‡·

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#SHADE PART II

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Oh, the curl is going to get it every second until Game 3.

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The end!

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You don’t want to know. Trust me.

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Fair point.

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WARRIORS 110, CAVALIERS 77 … the destruction is over. On to Cleveland for Games 3 and 4.

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