Considering how Curry shot from 3-point range in the Golden State Warriors' 122-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 on Sunday night, the replica glove was just fine sitting unused in his locker.
Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant combined for 59 points in a wire-to-wire victory that puts the defending champions just two wins away from their third championship in four years. "Any of those moments when you can come down and answer and keep the momentum on our side, it's big".
The greatest 3-pointer of them all came with the shot clock winding down with 7:54 remaining.
Curry, a 30-year-old guard, broke the old mark of eight 3-pointers in a finals game set by Ray Allen of Boston in 2010.
Lue said the Cavaliers were made aware that there was a timeout left and they specifically didn't use it before the final possession because they didn't want to allow the Warriors to sub Steph Curry out the of the game so they could take advantage of the matchup. "So, pretty special night, and hopefully some more special things happen and we get two more wins".
James was wearing a microphone throughout the game and was recorded saying, "I'm going to need some colder water now, they are trying to smoke us out of here", during a team huddle.
11/5 - In just 23 minutes, Tristan Thompson was able to score 11 points and grab five rebounds while knocking down 5-of-8 from the floor and forcing Golden State to foul him a handle of times on the offensive glass on Sunday.
Nearly two weeks ago, Kerr said: "Until he's able to run without pain, I can't play him". He's part of the team's vaunted Hampton 5 lineup, which includes Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. The Warriors neutralized him without their best LeBron defender, Andre Iguodala, who could make his debut in Game 3 of this series Thursday in Cleveland. "So, shouldn't be surprised or deflated at it. Take the ball out, move it forward, and try to execute on the other end".
Cavaliers: James' first-half line: 15 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, two steals. Korver scored just six points but sank two critical threes.
How could three of the NBA's best players, all of whom were in the top-nine in scoring a season prior, play for the same team in a league with salary cap restrictions meant to prevent compiling these sorts of powerhouse teams?
Yet the performance - with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry's game coming alive - highlights something meaningful about the Warriors.
After an overtime opener loss James called one of the worst defeats of his career, the Cavaliers couldn't play Golden State as close, Curry and his teammates thwarting every threat. "We saw Houston do a good job doing that [in the Western Conference Finals] so we piggybacked that".