Warriors go up 2-0
The Cleveland Cavaliers were down by a manageable twelve points at halftime.
Thanks to a 30-18 3rd quarter, the Warriors extended the lead to 20 and effectively put the game on ice.
The Warriors came into the game 120-1 over the past two seasons when leading by 15 points at any stage of the game.
Guess what happened? They won. 110-77.
Just over a week ago, this Warriors team was thought to be dead in the water by several pundits.
Right and left, people were beginning to hop on the OKC bandwagon until Golden State once again showed how resilient they are.
The rest is history. They came back from down 3-1 to beat the Thunder and are now one game away from winning this series.
There is no way Cleveland could overcome a 3-0 deficit against the Warriors. Game 3 is a must-win for LeBron and Co.
I will make a bold prediction. If the Cavaliers are trailing in the fourth quarter in game 3, especially if they are getting blown out, the Cleveland fans will boo their team.
The Warriors held the Cavaliers to just 35% shooting. They held Cleveland to 38% in game 1.
When asked if the Warriors “figured out” Cleveland, Draymond Green didn’t see it that way.
“I don’t really think it’s anything that we figured out. I think it’s the intensity and focus level that we brought to the game. We’ve got a lot of great defenders on this team. So, we come out focused and locked in, then you’re able to do something like this,” Green said.
Draymond Green led the way for the Warriors with 28-7-5, Stephen Curry had 18, and Klay Thompson had 17. The Splash Brothers combined to go 8-16 from 3.
The Warriors made 3x as many 3’s as Cleveland did (15-5) which usually comes as no surprise. Although, with the way the Cavs were shooting coming into this series, I at least expected them to somewhat hold their own.
LeBron posted a 19-8-9 stat line but, unlike the Beatles, didn’t get much help from his friends.
Kyrie Irving was limited to just ten points on 5-14 shooting. Kevin Love had just five points before he left the game with an injury. J.R. Smith did pretty much nothing yet again, managing only five points.
Andrew Bogut led the way defensively for the Warriors, blocking five shots, which is more than Cleveland managed to do as a whole team.
Besides LeBron’s nine assists, no Cavalier had more than two dimes. Golden State, meanwhile, had five players who dished out 3+ assists. Three players had at least five assists.
I hate to play Devil’s advocate, but it’s not like the Warriors were perfect tonight. They turned the ball over 20 times, and Cleveland managed to rack up 15 steals. Golden State needs to take better care of the ball if they want to steal a game in Cleveland.
Also, it couldn’t hurt if the Warriors penetrated the lane more often and drove to the basket because ten free throw attempts probably won’t cut it.
Golden State also outrebounded Cleveland, 46-34.
Buckle up basketball fans. Game 3 is going to be one for the ages.
With the victory, the Warriors tied the 95-96 Chicago Bulls for the most wins in a season (including playoffs).
Game 3 is Wednesday night, in Cleveland.