The Latest: Kerr expects Curry, Thompson to shoot better
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Latest on Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers (all times local):
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expects Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to get back to their sharpshooting forms in Game 2. The Splash Brothers combined for just 20 points in Golden State's Game 1 victory.
''They're great players,'' Kerr said. ''They will probably shoot a lot better than Game 1, but you never know.''
Kerr says the focus is not on shooting, but instead on defending and taking care of the ball. As for the 8 for 27 combined showing by Curry and Thompson, Kerr was asked if he liked the shots the backcourt took in Game 1.
''Those guys are allowed to take any shot they want,'' the coach said.
Golden State can tie two NBA records Sunday night.
The Warriors enter Game 2 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland with 49 home wins and 86 wins overall this season, factoring in regular season and playoffs.
That puts Golden State one shy of matching the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' full-season record of 87 wins. The Warriors toppled their regular-season mark of 72 wins this year, going 73-9.
Also, Golden State could become the third team to win 50 home games. That would match the record set by the 1985-86 and 1986-87 Boston Celtics.
Having said that, Golden State could stand alone in one respect: The Warriors would be the first team to win 50 games in one arena in a season. Those Celtics teams that won 50 games at ''home'' played three games in each of those seasons at Hartford, Connecticut, going 5-1 in those contests.