NBA Finals: Warriors Lead 2-0

June 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts following the 122-103 victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We are getting so spoiled with Warriors going to the NBA Finals the last four consecutive years. And it's all familiar as they again face the Cleveland Cavaliers.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With a lot of talk about the Warriors winning it all in 4, we expected Game 1 to be a lopsided game, but it proved to be MUCH more exciting.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) dive for the ball during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) is involved in an altercation with Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

And ultimately an overtime win for the Warriors.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) forward Draymond Green (23) and guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrate against the Cleveland Cavaliers during overtime in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Side note, driving home heard a great forum episode on How Today's Athletes are Playing Harder, Faster, Longer, worth a listen!

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first half in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Game 2, proved to be the blowout we expected. 

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring a three point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers as center Kevin Love (0) and guard JR Smith (5) walk to the bench during the first half in game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

While the on-court action isn't dramatically different, they are still playing basketball, these games are an entirely different ball game for photographers. New credentials, new security protocol, new assigned seating. Showing up hours early staying hours post-game. Covering fans and warm-ups pregame much more thoroughly than I ever would regular season. Covering post-game pressers which I don't think I've ever covered in a regular season game (only pregame when injuries or major news is announced). And having a card runner and on-site editor so I can focus on shooting and don't have to worry about transmitting images during a game. Thanks to Miquel Jacobs for being my card runner and Gary Vasquez for editing my take.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; General view before spectators are allowed inside before the Golden State Warriors play against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsMay 31, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors fan Phil Eugenio poses for a photo before game one of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) before game two of the 2018 NBA Finals Cleveland Cavaliers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) before game two of the 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

While sometimes it seems (as Steph Curry said unrelated in his press conference) "Much Ado About Nothing" it's great to witness the best players playing their best games and it's so fun to have my "coworkers" who I rarely see all get together to cover a game.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) to media following game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

We'll see if we come back or if Warriors do indeed win it in four. Just in case we took some fun photos of our crew. Credit to Jose Carlos Fajardo for the USA Today Sports Images crew photo and Cary Emdondson for the photos of me jumping... and retaking them with a tucked in my shirt, much less scandalous! ;)

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; USA Today Sports Images team after game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena.

NBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsNBA: Finals-Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State WarriorsJun 3, 2018; Oakland, CA, USA; Kelley L Cox after game two of the 2018 NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory credit: Kelley L Cox - USA Today Sports Images


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