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Air Bud offers to help Cavs after Game 2 loss

LeBron James

LeBron James obviously seems to need more help against the mighty Golden State Warriors, and one noble benefactor is answering the call.

Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ blowout 122-103 loss to the Dubs in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, beloved basketball-playing dog Air Bud (or at least the people running his official account) tweeted an offer to aid the Cavs.

The tweet quickly went viral, picking up thousands of likes and retweets in less than an hour. As for Air Bud himself, he has obviously been playing basketball for a while now (the original film came out in 1997) and could really help Cleveland come back to pull off the pupset in what has been a rather ruff series for them so far.

Bad dog puns aside, James might not be opposed to the idea — somewhat remarkably, he semi-referenced needing Air Bud’s help earlier in the season.

JR Smith responds to Warriors fans trolling him

JR Smith

JR Smith responded to being trolled by Golden State Warriors fans in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers guard was jeered by Warriors fans in every possible way due to his bonehead play at the end of Game 1. Fans brought signs to Oracle Arenas that made fun of him; the fans cheered him during intros; and they sarcastically chanted “MVP” for him too.

Smith said after the Cavs’ Game 2 loss that he liked the fans acknowledging him.

Smith saying that is one way to try and take away the fun from Warriors fans. If he said it bothered him, they might be more likely to do it again.

But if Smith thinks that this is his version of Reggie Jackson’s “they don’t boo nobodies”, then he’s wrong. Smith got attention not because he’s doing well against his opponent, but because he’s so bad he’s helping them.

Steve Kerr pokes fun at LeBron at end of press conference

Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr poked a little fun at LeBron James at the end of his press conference following Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night.

The Golden State Warriors head coach answered questions from the media after his team’s 122-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Upon completing his duties for the media, Kerr said to the reporters “I thought you guys were much better tonight.”

What does that have to do with LeBron? Well, after his rocky news conference following Game 1, James told the media “be better tomorrow.”

It was easy for Kerr to be in a good mood after his team cruised to victory. This also isn’t the first time this postseason we’ve seen him do a bit of trolling either.

Twitter reacts to Steph Curry setting NBA Finals record

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Steph Curry was on fire in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, and there really is nothing you can do when that happens.

Curry made an NBA Finals record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, going 9-for-17 on threes as part of a 33-point game. 16 of his points came in the fourth quarter, including this ridiculous shot.

The Golden State Warriors star added seven rebounds and eight assists for good measure. Twitter had all sorts of plaudits for Curry.


Watch: Steph Curry gets into it with Kendrick Perkins

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Steph Curry got into it with Kendrick Perkins at the end of the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night in Oakland.

Curry attempted a shot in front of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench just before the quarter ended. He missed and then tripped over Kendrick Perkins, whose legs were extended. The two got face-to-face after that:

Perkins was signed by the Cavs late in the season and has only played 15 minutes — in one game in April. He’s even just wearing a suit on the bench rather than a uniform. But between this and his incident with Draymond Green in Game 1, he’s managed to capture plenty of attention. That’s not even counting his beef with Drake too.

Twitter critics crush struggling Jordan Clarkson

Jordan Clarkson

Jordan Clarkson continued to struggle in the postseason during Game 2 of the NBA Finals, and the Twitter critics were all over him.

The Cleveland Cavaliers guard came in for four minutes early in the second quarter. He missed a jumper, made a layup, and then got his shot blocked by David West before being replaced.

In Game 1, Clarkson wasn’t much better as he shot just 2-for-9 against the Golden State Warriors. He’s shooting just 30.3 percent in the postseason.

Folks were mocking Clarkson and the Cavaliers’ insistence upon using him despite his struggles. Here’s a sample of some of the tweets.


Warriors fans hilariously cheer JR Smith during intros

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Those Golden State Warriors fans are savages.

Usually during team introductions before a game, the home fans will boo the opposing players. That was mostly the case before Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday, except for a specific case.

Warriors fans actually gave JR Smith hearty cheers as if he were a member of the Warriors. Of course, the cheers were a nod to Smith’s huge blunder at the end of Game 1.

Dubs fans also were said to have cheered George Hill, who missed a key free throw that could have given Cleveland the lead in Game 1. We also appreciate the poster one fan had to troll JR.

That wasn’t all – the fun continued after Smith went to the free throw line and they chanted MVP!