The Cavs made some halftime adjustments. And they worked. The Warriors usually own the third quarter, but it was the Cavs who made the extra passes and sank the three-pointers as Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson gave Cleveland a much-needed boost from the outside and inside, respectively, as they pulled the Cavs within 10, trailing 90-80.
First half: It was all Warriors
Those Cavs who came out so sharp in Game 1? They were nowhere to be seen at the start of Game 2 of the NBA Finals as Golden State made its first seven shots and never let up. Klay Thompson, who looked iffy in warmups after injuring his leg in Game 1, looked like his old self.
And it wasn’t like the Warriors were only beating the Cavs deep. They came out strong in the paint, and they got production from non-stars like JaVale McGee and Shaun Livingston.
LeBron James had a quiet 15 points, and the only other Cav to show an offensive spark in the first half was George Hill. The Cavs are down 59-46 at the end of the first half, but you can’t help but feel it could be worse.