The NBA Finals shifts to Cleveland tonight as LeBron James and co. are hoping to defend home court and tie the series up by Sunday. “You never want to be down 2-0 in a series against anybody.” James said Tuesday after practice, “So we have some things that we need to do better obviously from Game 1 and Game 2 to get Game 3 , and we look forward to the challenge once again. We know it’s a tall challenge for us, but it’s a great moment to be a part of, so we look forward to what tomorrow brings.”
A memory all too familiar for Golden State fans is the 3-1 lead the team blew in the finals last year to give the Cavaliers their first championship. This marks the second year in a row where the Cavs have trailer pretty much the entire series against this team. “It takes a mental toll just when you lose,” James said, “No matter if it’s a series or game or whatever the case may be, in the post-season any loss always takes a mental toll on you. But how can you refocus your mind, how can you refuel it to understand that at the end of the day it is a series. So you got to try to focus on the next game and focus on your job and what you can do to help your team be successful going into the following game.”
Steph Curry and the Warriors are preparing for the LeBron James basketball fans have come to idolize over the last few years. “We expect him to play well, play with a lot of force, aggressiveness,” Curry said after Tuesdays practice. “There’s obviously the change in venue probably will spark a lot of energy from them, and we have to play even better to try to get a win in Game 3 than we have in the first two games, knowing how much they can feed off the home crowd, how inspired LeBron and Kyrie are probably going to be. Especially out the gate, try to set the tone.”
The Warriors game 2, 132- 113 win over the Cavs marked the highest single-game total in a Finals game since the Lakers beat Boston, 141-122 in Game Two in 1987. The game also marked the first time in NBA Finals history in which two players recorded a triple-double in the same game, and only the second time in overall NBA Playoff history. Both Curry and James notched a triple double, James’ 18th triple-double in his playoff history and Curry’s first in his playoff history.
Tip-off is at 9pm ET