WATCH: Klay Thompson stuffed by rim on 360 degree dunk in China

WATCH: Klay Thompson stuffed by rim on 360 degree dunk in China

Maybe Klay Thompson should stick to 3-point shooting and defense.

Riding the high of winning his second NBA title, Thompson is touring China and tried to execute a 360 degree dunk on an outdoor court.

It didn't go well at all.

Thompson got stuffed on the front of the rim and went crashing to the asphalt. He was sprawled out along the baseline for a few seconds before returning to his feet.

No word on the health of the rim.

Warriors know sloppy defense in Game 5 vs Cavs will get them burned

Warriors know sloppy defense in Game 5 vs Cavs will get them burned

OAKLAND -- When the Warriors take the floor Monday night for Game 5 of the NBA Finals, they’ll do so with the lessons of Game 4 still etched on their minds.

The most lasting lesson is that sloppy defense will get them burned.

“We didn't give any kind of resistance in that first -- I'll call it first three minutes, where they just got real comfortable on our miscommunication,” Stephen Curry said Sunday. “We got separated from bodies a little too much and let them toe up on the 3-point line.

“And in that building especially, if you allow them to get that three-point game going early, they feed off of that energy.”

The Cavaliers, spurred by the home crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, shot 52.9 percent from the field, becoming the first team this postseason to shoot above 48 percent against the Warriors.

The Warriors were especially punished by Cleveland’s shooting beyond the arc. The Cavs dropped a Finals record 24 3-pointers -- accounting for 72 of their 137 points.

“Of those 24, I would say probably 10 of them were just mental breakdowns and giving them open looks,” Curry said. “And they're obviously great 3-point shooters. If you give them open looks, they're capable of making it, and they can make them in flurries.”

Among the 16 teams that entered the playoffs, the Warriors rank No. 1 in field-goal percentage defense, at 42.3. Their 3-point field-goal percentage defense, 33.5, is tops among all teams that advanced past the second round.

Yet the Cavs, aggressive from the start, scoring a Finals-record 49 points in the first quarter, including seven of the 24 triples, shot 53.3 percent from deep.

“They didn't do it by luck,” Kevin Durant said.

“They can match the effort they gave,” Draymond Green said. “But if we raise our level of effort and intensity, they don't hit 24 3s. I definitely expect them to match that effort, but I expect ours to be a lot better.”

Part of that expectation may come from the change of venue. The Warriors have been more prone to slippage on the road than at Oracle Arena, where Game 5 will be played.

“I expect us to come out guns blazing,” Green said. “If you get punched in the face, you want to respond. We know what it takes to win a championship. We know what we have to do in order to win this game.”

If the Warriors know what will be required to succeed, it’s because they studied plenty of video over the weekend that illustrated their inattention to detail as well as Cleveland’s offensive tenacity and accuracy in Game 4.

Guards Kyrie Irving and JR Smith combined for 55 points, including making 12-of-21 from deep. Power forward Kevin Love had his best offensive game, scoring 23 points and draining 6-of-8 3-pointers.

“Some of it was their ball movement and their ability to break us down from the perimeter, and some of it was us just not being ready to play and not ready to rotate, not helping each other fully,” Klay Thompson said. “So give Cleveland credit for their offense. They were moving the ball really well and slicing us up.

“But on the other side of that, we kind of let them. Our intensity wasn't the same as it was in the first three games, so we'll get back to that tomorrow.”

The Cavs have improved, game by game, on offense. Desperate to avoid being swept, they were practically perfect in Game 4.

The Warriors, as they have all season, believe their defense is the key to their success. It feeds their transition offense while simultaneously frustrating opponents.

“It all starts on the ball,” coach Steve Kerr said. “If you get broken down at the point of attack, now you have to help and now the dominoes start falling and they're swinging the ball side to side, and they got shooters everywhere. So our on-ball defense has to be better, our pick-and-roll defense has to be better.

“We have to bring it. We got to go take this game and do it with efficiency and competitive defense and alertness and awareness for 48 minutes. We didn't have any of that in Game 4.”

Comparing Warriors' 2-0 Finals lead in 2016 to 2-0 Finals lead in 2017

Comparing Warriors' 2-0 Finals lead in 2016 to 2-0 Finals lead in 2017

CLEVELAND -- Even as the Cavaliers return to the warm embrace of Quicken Loans Arena, the scene of their NBA Finals revival one year ago, it’s apparent the Warriors in these NBA Finals not like the Warriors of those NBA Finals.

Indeed, the only similarity is both Warriors teams entered Game 3 on the road with a 2-0 series lead.

The Warriors of 2016, however, came into Game 3 with a hobbled Stephen Curry, a far too emotional Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes at small forward and a sense that perhaps a back-to-back championship was in the cards.

They proceeded to lose four of the last five Finals games, and the series, collapsing as much under the weight of their own shortcomings as the relentlessness and increasing swagger of the Cavaliers.

The 2017 Warriors come into Game 3 Wednesday night with a healthy Curry, a more stable Green, Kevin Durant at small forward and, above all, a rock that has lingered in their collective gut since last June, when they infamously became the first team to lose a 3-1 lead in The Finals.

It’s not easy to discern which of these four factors is most significant, even if Cavaliers superstar LeBron James believes he has the answer: “KD.”

The presence of Durant, instead of Barnes, is the most visible difference between the Warriors of last June and the Warriors of today. Durant has been the best player in the series, fantastic on defense and provided more offense in two games than Barnes did in seven. He is completely neutralizing James.

But Curry’s health cannot be underestimated. One year after bad wheels undermined the mind-blowing agility that sets him apart, those physical gifts are on full display. Unable to shake the lumbering Kevin Love in 2016, Curry is back to embarrassing anyone with the gall to challenge him on the perimeter.

And Green’s head has leveled to such a degree it’s darn near flat. He apparently learned from his mistakes of last year, when his firebrand ways blazed so hot he found himself suspended for Game 5. He took it hard, blaming himself for the Warriors failure to win it all for the second consecutive year.

Yet the overall drive exhibited by these Warriors is unlike anything they have shown before. It’s stronger than that which pushed them to the championship in 2015, even stronger than that which pushed them to win 73 games last season, shattering the single-season NBA record.

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“You just see a certain amount of focus,” Draymond Green said Tuesday. “You see a competitive level of where like it hasn't been matched. That's a good sign. But just the way guys have been locked in, focused on the task at hand, I mean it's been a special thing.”

It’s a focus that is sharpened by bitter memories of last June, even if some of the names have changed.

“That was last year,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Half the guys on the team this year are new.”

Zaza Pachulia and David West and JaVale McGee and Matt Barnes are, along with Durant, the new veterans. Pat McCaw and Damian Jones are rookies. The roster was renovated last summer.

But the most important new member, the team’s new superstar, Durant, can identify with what the Warriors went through. He was a leader of the Oklahoma City team that last May coughed up a 3-1 series lead to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Leads are history, right. The Warriors went up 2-0 on Cleveland last June by posting a 15-point win in Game 1 and a 33-point rout in Game 2. They’re up 2-0 now after winning Game 1 by 22 and Game 2 by 19.

The numbers are similar numbers, but the vibe is different.

“I think guys are locked in, like I've never seen before, understand the task ahead and know that this is going to be the hardest game of the series,” Green said.

If Games 1 and 2 are any indication, everybody who takes the court for the Warriors in Game 3 of these Finals will bring the appropriate level of concentration. They’re different now, and potentially much better than a year ago.

“As a team I think so,” Klay Thompson said. “We're moving the ball great, we're shooting the ball at a high clip, and our defense has been unbelievable.

“So, I mean, it's easy to draw back on last year because it was a tough series for us. We obviously had a lead and we lost it. We just got to learn from it and not try and make the same mistakes twice.”