Pat Riley was right. The key to the NBA Finals is winning game two. If the home team loses, they've not only lost home court, but they've given the road team momentum heading into three games on their own home court.
Riley spoke these words in 1985, after the Memorial Day Massacre in game 1 and before Kareem's performance for the ages in game 2. The Lakers won game 2, and went on to win the series in 6.
If the Cs can somehow, some way find a way to win game 2, it says here that they'll return home up 3-2...or better.
Game 2 needs to be played like game 7.