Thompson’s big night wasted in defeat 

OAKLAND — The story of Game 2 of the NBA Finals wasn’t that Klay Thompson stepped up in a big way against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rather, it was that most of his teammates were nowhere to be found. “In the end, [my] 34 points are meaningless,” Thompson said after the 95-93 loss in overtime. The sloppy showing was especially troubling because it came one day after head coach Steve Kerr had suggested that there would have to be “something fundamentally flawed” with the team for the Warriors to suffer a letdown this late in the postseason. The shots definitely weren’t falling for backcourt partner Stephen Curry, who was 5 of 23 from the field and 2 of 15 from beyond the arc. “Just tonight shots I normally make I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off,” Curry said. It wasn’t just all those missed shots that did the Warriors in. The team could have taken a 2-0 advantage in the series if not for an an onslaught of unforced errors and mental mistakes. Overtime wouldn’t have even been necessary if Marreese Speights had simply connected on a wide-open fast-break dunk at the end of the third quarter. Then there was the sequence at the end of overtime. Clinging to 93-92 advantage, the Warriors could have closed out the contest had Curry managed to corral an outlet pass from Andre Iguodala after Draymond Green swatted away a layup from LeBron James. “If you look at the little play after Draymond made the huge block,” Curry said. “Andre gets the loose ball, I can’t get my hands down quick enough to catch the pass, and we maybe get the free-throw line to finish off the game.” Curry didn’t get his hands down and the chance to win slipped away. Even though the Warriors let Thompson’s monster night go to waste, the shooting guard remained confident that the team would bounce back on the road. “This is on no one’s shoulders,” Thompson said. “It’s a collective effort. It’s a team sport and obviously it really stings right now, but we’ve been in this situation before and we’re not going to let it deflate us.”

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