Later in Game 2, Smith was serenaded with chants of "MVP" while attempting a pair of free throws in the first quarter.
"I didn't think we were very good against him last night", Kerr said.
James scored 51 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and passed off 8 assists, his scoring total the most in an NBA Finals game since 1993 and the most ever in a losing cause.
"I'm taking my medication that I've been given by the doctors", he said.
They had trailed after the first quarter of three straight games, starting with Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, and fell behind by double digits in the first half of all three of them. Kevin Durant found his steady stroke to score 26 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists while also handling a load of the defensive assignment against LeBron James.
And there's another Cavs headache - Durant and everybody else getting better - which they wanted to show in Game 2 Sunday, when they sought to keep their home-court advantage. "I think people have seen that throughout our postseason runs, where he hasn't played well or played to his ability that he thinks he should have played, and then the next game he comes on and shoots the ball extremely well".
"I was just trying to go for the ball".
"If you're a celebrity, then you realize it's actually really bad for you", James said.
Twitter had some amusing reactions to this latest effort at team unity by the Cavaliers.
And it hasn't changed Lue's belief in the Cavs' chances against the Warriors.
Many teams simply allow the shot clock to expire in such situations but the Warriors have typically taken shots. "He's going to fill up the stat sheet", Kerr said. I'm happy he only got a $25,000 fine. "It's behind us and we're ready to go for Game 2".
On Sunday, we got a huge chunk of information about that meeting in the Hamptons thanks to The Athletic and Tim Kawakami. The games will also be available for live streaming on the ESPN app. That "lowered" his playoff marks to 28.8 points a game and.472 shooting, numbers most players would likely trade their firstborn to enjoy.