The warriors absorbed a powerful punch from Mavs Luka Doncic in Game 2, setting the stage for Stephen Curry’s knockout strike.


SAN FRANCISCO — We could see it coming before the second leg even started. Shoot, I could see them coming before the first leg was over. The Dallas Mavericks were off the court in their first game of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday. And you knew they would come out against the Golden State Warriors on Friday with a new focus, better shooting touch, vengeance and dangerous Luka Doncic. .

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before Game 2 “I’ve seen it all through the NBA, players, officials, coaches. Game 2 of a playoff series is always very different depending on the outcome of the first game.” “We have to keep our edge tonight and we really have to come out and prepare for the power they will undoubtedly bring.”

Prepared for strength, the warrior was not.

Seven minutes into the game, the Mavericks took a 26-10 lead in front of the still crowd at the Chase Center. Doncic has already scored 12 points and Dallas has hit five 3-pointers, promising the much-anticipated counter-attack night. Meanwhile, the Warriors looked stunned, puzzled and frustrated, knowing what was going to happen. He turned the ball more than 10 times in the first half, allowing the Mavericks 15 3-pointers and 72 runs.

Draymond Green played one of the worst halves of his playoff career, mastering the technique and getting into foul play along the way. Clay Thompson scored only six points and made only two three-point attempts through halftime. Stephen Curry was the only player capable of anything, and the Warriors scored 20 points in the first half from a 5- out of 7 3-pointer, 14 points behind.

Everything began to bear fruit. The possibility has become inevitable.

So, looking at the final score, the 126-117 Warriors tell the story of a team that wins to lead 2-0 in the series, absorbs a thrilling body blow and rises back from the mat. Not to survive, but to dominate.

“I thought we were too scattered throughout the first half,” Kerr said after game two. “It was probably more emotional than anything else.” “Dallas came out and punched us … so we just had to stay calm and take control of the game.”

We’re used to seeing the Warriors offensive in the third quarter, but they usually feature offense. They scored a sizable 25 points in Game 3 on Friday, but allowed only 13 points for the Mavs, reducing the halftime deficit by 12 points.

“We didn’t communicate well enough at the pick and roll. [in the first half]. They could go out and shoot a few shots. After the game, Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. said, “We were able to find a sniper. We got a little closer to them in the second half and made it difficult for them.” We just played harder.”

The offensive started when the fourth quarter arrived, and a new face was leading the charge. Jordan Poole, who climbs up and down the postseason after a fantastic start with Curry’s break, has been absolutely brilliant, scoring 12 of his 23 runs in his fourth quarter. He also set up his teammates, including an absolute dime to Kevon Looney, who scored more than 20 points in one game for the first time since freshman at UCLA.

“When Steph falls off the floor, the defense tends to focus a little bit more on me,” Poole said after the game. “So keep being aggressive, play for my teammates as well as try to find more shots and keep our rhythm.”

When Poole served out with less than six minutes left, the Warriors switched from a two-point lead to a seven-point lead. Since then, the hero has been entrusted to the much more familiar face of the Warriors dynasty, Wardell Stephen Curry.

Curry checked in at 6:24 in the fourth quarter and scored 10 points from a 4-4 shooting. With Doncic staying on the other side of the threat, Curry made sure the potential Mavericks were suppressed before the comeback began. He finished the night with a score of 32 with a score of 6 out of 10 on a 3-point scale.

“There’s a reason our team won the championship,” Kerr said after the game. “There are star players and players who are not afraid and can play under pressure.” “But especially Stefan is one of the best players of all time. That’s what great players do.”

Appropriately, with less than a minute left on the 24-second clock, Curry’s long three-point shot confirmed the win and allowed him to hit the Mavericks with his recently signed “Night” celebration.

Citing the Warriors’ championship pedigree as if alluding to “heat culture” has become a cliché, but witnessing a performance like this is hard to deny. This is the Warriors’ 12th postseason return, down more than 15 points since Kerr took over as manager in the 2014-15 season. Part of that is due to the very explosive attacks they’ve consistently put out, but they don’t come back that often and often without incredible resilience, confidence and teamwork.

That’s what it takes to take a chin-to-chin overhand from a poor team with one of the NBA’s best players and then get it up off the canvas to provide another knockout blow.

“We just have the experience, the chemistry,” Curry said after winning the second leg. Clearly this group is different. But we have that attitude and the spirit. “Then you can put that belief into action in the game, and you can feel the momentum. We can focus more on what we do. When we have a chance to put a dagger or take three stops in a row. Good energy. A place where we feel we are on our way.”

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