After the Golden State Warriors suffered a 22-point blowout loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals, Draymond Green said he expects his team to have an edge heading into Game 3 on Sunday.
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I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened, Green said following practice on Saturday. Game 1, we felt threatened, we came out with a sense of urgency. Game 2, we didn’t feel as threatened, and the sense of urgency wasn’t there. I think you’re allowed one of those a series. We’ve had our one, and now it’s time to lock in for the rest of the series.
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Klay Thompson explained why the Warriors are so tough when they feel threatened.
You can’t get to this point and not play with force, Green said, so Steve is going to use it, I’m going to use it, [Mike] D’Antoni is going to use it, James Harden is going to use it, Chris Paul is going to use it, Steph is going to use it, and the beat goes on. You can’t not play with force at this time of the year, so everybody is going to use it.
The Warriors are undefeated (15-0) at home in the playoffs since the start of the 2017 postseason. They’re hoping that trend continues in the next two games at Oracle Arena.
Yeah, we’re all very eager to get back on that court tomorrow, Thompson said. We’ve all been going very hard at practice. We’re ready. It’s going to be a great Game 3.
The Cavs’ various ills have a way of fading into the background when their 3s drop, and those deep makes tend to unlock energy to execute in other phases of the game. For example, following the trades in February, the Cavs averaged 13 3-pointers on 42 percent shooting in wins and just nine 3s on 29 percent shooting in losses.
When the Cavs went 0-of-14 on 3s in the first half of Game 1 and then 3-of-17 in the second half of Game 2, it wasn’t a surprise that they had everything from defensive issues to dribbling issues. They were just 2-of-15 on uncontested 3-pointers in those games, which explains a great deal.
Hill scored the game’s first basket on a drive and then picked up Terry Rozier full court on defense, defining the difference in the Cavs’ mentality in a matter of moments after the tip. Then Hill hit three 3-pointers and ended up with 13 points in the first half, the most he has scored in a half in a Cavs uniform.
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