OAKLAND, Calif. -- Cleveland wasn't the only team missing a crucial component in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. While Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving was back in Ohio recovering from knee surgery, the Golden State Warriors have no idea where Stephen Curry's shot went.
The reigning MVP missed 18 of 23 shots, including an air ball with 4.4 seconds left in overtime that sent the Warriors to a 95-93 loss Sunday night that left the Finals tied at a game apiece.
"It didn't feel right, but there is no time to really worry about that. You've got to keep shooting and try to figure it out," Curry said. "I don't expect to shoot like this. I've got to play better, find better shots and be more in a rhythm throughout the course of the game for us to really assert ourselves as a team."
With Curry offering little help to fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson, the Warriors head to Cleveland without home-court advantage and mired in what could be a tough series after many experts practically handed them the title when Irving was lost for the series after Game 1.
Thompson scored 34 points but the rest of the team shot just 34.5 percent as the Warriors lost for only the fourth time in 51 home games this season.
"We haven't really clicked" Curry said. "You credit their defense. They've done something that maybe has taken us out of our rhythm, and we have to figure out what that is specifically. But I think we're still confident. We still believe that we're going to win the series."
Curry was the biggest culprit in Game 2 as he was just 2-for-15 from 3-point range and failed to deliver in the closing seconds of overtime. With Cleveland leading 94-93, Curry shot the air ball over Matthew Dellavedova.
After LeBron James made one of two foul shots, Curry threw a bad pass to Thompson and the Cavaliers left with the win.
"It had everything to do with Delly," James said. "He kept a body on Steph. He made Steph work. He was spectacular man. Defensively, we needed everything from him. When Steph shoots the ball, you just automatically think it's going in because he shoots the ball so well. He stunned me on one in the fourth quarter when he just took an in and out dribble and raised for a three and he nailed. And that wasn't on Delly.
"(Dellavedova) just did a great job of just trying to make it tough on Steph. That's all you can do. You make it tough on him, you get a contest, and you live with the results. I think Delly, he did that."
Curry finished with 19 points and did make the tying layup with 7.2 seconds left in regulation, but that wasn't enough for Golden State.
After swishing his trademark warm-up shot from the tunnel on his first try before the game, Curry struggled to make just about anything once the game started.
"Shots I normally make ... I knew as soon as they left my hand that they were off," Curry said. "That doesn't usually happen. I mean, mechanically I don't know if there is an explanation for it. I just didn't have a rhythm and didn't find one the whole game. I'm not going to let one game kind of alter my confidence."
He was just 1-for-6 in the opening quarter, with the only make coming on a beautiful reverse. But he missed three attempts from long range in what would prove to be an omen for the night.
He went more than 18 minutes without scoring a single point in one stretch starting early in the third quarter. He missed two shots on one possession, a jumper and then a 3-pointer from his favorite spot in the left corner. Curry had made 13 of 14 from that spot coming into the game this postseason.
He finally broke the drought with a 3-pointer with less than 3 minutes remaining in the fourth and added two free throws the next possession to cut Cleveland's lead to 85-80.
Curry wasn't alone with a rough offensive night for the Warriors. No other player besides Curry and Thompson reached double figures and Marreese Speights even missed a breakaway dunk in the closing seconds of the third quarter.
Besides Thompson, the best shooter in a Warriors shirt might have been the fan who made a halfcourt shot to win a BMW during an in-game contest.