Since the beginning of the NBA Offseason last year, many analysts and fans alike predicted for the Warriors and Cavaliers to meet once again in the NBA Finals. Well, here we are. Fast forward through the exciting NBA season to the point that we are at now and we are able to reflect on what a great season it has been, and enjoy the payoff between the two NBA Finals favorites.
The Warriors started off the NBA Finals, similar to how they started last years series, winning game one by a score of 104 to 89. The Warriors really exercised their motto “Strength in Numbers” during game 1. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson would combine for a total of 20 points.
We’re used to both of those players getting at least 20 points consistently, but the supporting cast picked up the slack for the Dubs. The Warriors bench would combine for a total of 35 points. While, the entire Cleveland squad aside from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James would score a combined 40 points.
The man of the night would be Shaun Livingston, who showed up big for the Warriors. He would score 20 points and would grab 4 rebounds and dish 3 assists. Livingston would also be smart with the shots that he took. Livingston was smart with his shot selection on the night, going 8 for 10 without attempting a three point shot. This really worked for the Warriors, who needed the efficiency. From top to bottom, the Warriors received contributions from most of their role players, which was enough for the Warriors to top the Cavs.
Speaking of the Cavaliers, the score doesn’t quite speak to their fight throughout the game. The Cavaliers would keep the score close for most of the game until the Warriors would ultimately pull away in the fourth quarter.
However, the lack of contributions from players such as J.R. Smith, who would play 36 minutes and make only one three-pointer on three shots as his only contribution, hurt the Cavs . Though it may not be entirely his fault, he seemed to simply not be apart of the Cavs’ offensive plans.
Kyrie Irving would be the leading scorer on the game, scoring 26 points on a rough 7 for 21 day from the field. However, he would knock down 11 of 12 free throws on the day. LeBron James was 1 assist away from a triple double, as he scored 23 points to accompany 12 rebounds.
Now, we look ahead to Sunday for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. We can expect plenty of adjustments from the Cavaliers to involve their role players much more then they were able to in game 1. I also think we see the Warriors will benefit from a rebound game from both Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Game 2 will be another great clash between these two teams.
Who do you got?
My Predictions On The Series:
Game 2: Cavaliers rebound and get a win.
Game 3: Warriors don’t lose two in a row and ultimately win game 3.
Game 4: Warriors STEAL a second win in a row.
Game 5: Cavs win big to avoid elimination.
Game 6: Warriors close it out in SIX
*Game 1 Prediction was Correct.