CLEVELAND – And here is something else that the Cavaliers simply don’t need.
Klay Thompson found his shooting stroke for the Warriors in Game 2.
Thompson turned in one of the best lousy games in memory in Game 1 of the Finals, shooting 3-of-16. But he affected the game in every other conceivable way, defending to the near death.
So in Game 2, a 132-113 Warrior romp, Thompson shot 8-of-12, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. Yup, just what the Cavs needed. Now they have another entry to worry about on their drawing board that already has impossible tasks in “Stop Steph Curry” and “Make Kevin Durant seem human.” They don’t need to reference Thompson.
“Klay played so well in Game 1 without shooting well, and to me that usually indicates that the ball’s going to go in. His defense was tremendous in Game 1, his ball handling, his passing. I thought he played a great game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.
As long as you skipped that shooting stuff – which he didn’t in Game 2 while continuing all the other elements. Thompson kept shooting in Game 1, convinced his missiles would start falling. And they did. Only three nights later.
“I feel like that every night. As a shooter, you have to. You have no choice but to,” Thompson said. “For me, it did feel good to see the ball go in. More importantly, it felt good to get the win. I think I was just in a good rhythm. It started with getting to the basket early and taking good shots. If I do that, it’ll all even out.”
And make life positively unbearable for the Cavaliers – not that they’re feeling all that spiffy about now anyway.
But even if the shot goes south again, Thompson knows he can impact. Defense travels. Shots often do not.
“You can always control how hard you play on that end,” Thompson said.
“We’re never worried about him and his shooting. And he does so much on the defensive end,” said fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry.
“I just felt like he was poised to come out and make some shots,” Kerr said. “And he did. And his defense again was tremendous. He guards so many people out there and he has such a responsibility with Kyrie and switching onto LeBron, and I thought he was fantastic.”