The Cavs encouraged Smith to be more aggressive after scoring three points in Game 1, but he was even worse in Game 2 with zero points on 0-of-2 shooting.
Shumpert finished with six points, four rebounds and three steals in 22 minutes off the bench, shooting only 1 of 6 from the field.
Immediately following Game 2 at Oracle Arena, a fight broke out in the stands and there was J.R. Smith, instinctively jumping in to shield King James. "I'm not making a change".
Shumpert was used to defend Kevin Durant in the second half of Game 2 and showed aggressiveness against the former league MVP, requiring intravenous fluids after the game, according to ESPN. That followed up a 38-8-8 stat line in Game 1.
While a partisan Quicken Loans Arena crowd should provide a boost for Cleveland's players, they're facing a Warriors team that is better positioned to win a title than last year's squad. "We ask him to score, pass". Shumpert started 31 games for the Cavs during the regular season while J.R. Smith was out with a fractured thumb. His daughter Dakota was born five months premature in January; she was recently released from the hospital. Smith, for his part, said he'd have no problem moving to the bench.
When the notion of "dirtying up the game" was brought up, Smith thought of one player on the Warriors who has had a knack for kicking opposing players where it hurts - Draymond Green. "And other than that, any other opportunity I can get to try to make something happen". He's just 1 of 6 from the field, and for some odd reason, one of the game's most confident shooters has been hesitant to let his jumper fly. We got to this point playing our way. I'm just happy to be back so I can spend time with my daughter.
If Lue decides Smith is better with the second unit, Smith said he will take it in stride.
"She had a great idea for me", he said. That's a lot of responsibility on both ends and as a result he's not in the best position to affect the game positively. "But we understand that also we have specific matchups that we can attack as well and we need to do that". So they make you pay. "For a majority of this season it's been on myself, Bron and K-Love's shoulders". "I know how important I have to be in order for us to have any chance at this series".