OAKLAND -– The Warriors shot better than the Cavaliers, scored more points in the paint and had a slight edge in second-chance points.
The numbers lied, though, and forward Draymond Green wasted no time calling them out.
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“Our offense was horrible,” he said after the Warriors ate a 95-93 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals Sunday night at Oracle Arena.
From one side of the home locker room to the other, there were no arguments to be found. The Warriors never found an offensive flow. Smooth moments were few and sustained offense never really came.
“We’re accustomed to a lot of those shots that we missed going in,” center Andrew Bogut said.
“We haven’t played well offensively in two games,” said Stephen Curry, who had the most maddening night of all, connecting on a season-worst 5-of-23 shots in totaling 19 points. “We’ve made some plays when it counted and when it mattered, to keep ourselves in it. Or, like we did in Game 1, win the game.
“But we haven’t really clicked.”
In holding the Warriors to 39.8 percent, the Cavaliers did a splendid job containing Curry and gumming up their overall movement.
“Their defense was great,” coach Steve Kerr said. “They deserve a lot of credit for the way they played. They got into the passing lanes. They took our rhythm away.”
Though Cleveland was not an elite defensive team in the regular season, finishing 20th in field-goal percentage defense (45.6 percent), the Cavaliers have tightened up things in the postseason. Of the 16 teams that made the playoffs, only Chicago’s defense (40.7 percent) has held up better than that of Cleveland (41.5).
Aside from Klay Thompson, who scored 34 points on 14-of-28 shooting, the Warriors finished at 34.6 percent (19 of 55) from the field.
“They’re a long, athletic team,” Thompson said. “They are playing good defense.
“But I think a lot of it is on us. We’re not playing like ourselves. We’re not moving the ball like we should. We only had 16 assists. That’s not us, man.”
The 16 dimes tied a team-low for a season that has lasted 99 games, 82 in regular season and 17 in the postseason.