JR Smith will remain in the Cavs starting line-up for Game 3

JR Smith will remain in the Cavs starting line-up for Game 3

"Well, I did lie to Tim Kawakami two years ago", Warriors coach Steve Kerr joked when he met the media, referring to the 2015 Finals when he replied to the Bay Area News Group columnist's questions about making a lineup change by saying he wouldn't, only to swap Andre Iguodala for Andrew Bogut.

Q: We talked about this before the game, but LeBron leaves for about two minutes and you go from up 2 to down 7 in the first half.

That's been quite evident through two games.

"We got our asses kicked and now we're at game three and we've got a challenge in front of us", Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving said, mindful last year's Warriors did not have star forward Kevin Durant as this year's team does.

"When I was a younger player, probably (I would've cared) but now, no".

Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.

Lue said the Cavaliers must improve their defense to have a chance in Game 3.

The track meets of Games 1 and 2 clearly benefitted the Warriors, who scored 245 combined points.

"We're not going to change our game because of who we're playing", Lue said. "And it's our job, my job to exude as much confidence as I can in them in order to get the very best, and I will do that".

Coming back from a 3-1 deficit previous year is a positive reference point, but the Cavaliers need more from their supporting players. "We'll see how it goes".

"They're going keep to coming, man", Curry said.

"We don't play slow-down basketball", James said. But when we're playing aggressive, when we're in attack mode, playing it with pace, that's when we're at our best.

And Thompson, who suited up for 447 straight games before being sidelined with a sprained thumb late in the season, plans to get it right back from some of the wildest fans in the Association. Korver drained a three-pointer in the second quarter to slice Golden State's margin to nine.

To this point, chapter three of Cleveland vs. "It's a "We're going to get it, don't worry, we are there for your guys" so it's our job to match the energy they will bring and like I said, we just need to play better".

The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points.

Shumpert is averaging 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 steals over 17.6 minutes per game in the playoffs. "We don't play slowdown basketball", James said.

Golden State's break-neck speed on offense has been a sight to behold. "So maybe Ty's lying to you guys".

The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth.

"We're not going to change our game because of who we're playing", Lue said Tuesday at The Q, where the Cavs worked out to prepare for their first Finals home game in this series.

Kerr, however, thought his team took a bit of a step back in Sunday's 132-113 victory over the Cavaliers.

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