One year later and yes, we have the EXACT same story as last year’s NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers went down 2-0 in the series against a very prolific Golden State Warriors shooting attack. Last night, the Warriors brought on the shooting barrage that lead to a 132-113 win in Oakland. Golden State set the NBA Finals record with 18 3-point field goals made last night. Led by Kevin Durant’s 33 points 6 assists and 13 rebounds and FIVE blocks. Also, Steph Curry dropped 32 points 11 assists and 10 rebounds marking his first playoff triple-double.
Last night was mesmerizing as a basketball fan to see the shots Golden State was making. No way any defender could of altered the plot of that game because the Warriors hit shots that would still drop no matter who closes out.
Despite the overwhelming win by Golden State, and the fact that this team now has Kevin Durant, this is NOT much different than the spot we were in last year.
By the way, that 3-point record was formerly owned by these Warriors in last years finals. They only beat the record by ONE shot, that’s it just one, and Ian Clark threw a shot up with a couple seconds left for the hell of it to make it a record. Margin of victory is another statistic to discuss, after last years NBA Finals games 1 & 2, the margin of victory was 48 points in favor of Golden State. This years games 1 & 2 the margin of victory is 41.
From last year, the statistics actually were MUCH worse than this year… yet people STILL think this will be a sweep. The Cavaliers have been conditioned to function well under large adversity. People seem to be over-looking how good LeBron has been so far, he has averaged 28.5 PPG, 11.0 AST, and 13.0 REB in the first two games of the Finals.
Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Tristian Thompson, and Deron Willams have shot a combined 26/81!!!!! that is good for an underwhelming 32% from the field. All it would take is just two of those guys to start finding the twine. With Kevin Love popping so far in these Finals LeBron just needs a couple of those guys in that group to start playing well to get back in this series.
Listen, i am not saying Cleveland is going to win this series… but the mountain in front of them is climbable and they have conquered those heights in the past. In the last year and a half… with The Cavs, Cubs, Patriots, and Clemson making big comebacks, it baffles me that people think this series is already over. Buckle up, the trilogy is FAR from over folks.