June 5, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
2015 NBA Finals: Warriors vs. Cavaliers Game 1 Takeaways
The Golden State Warriors used a 10-2 run in Overtime of Game 1 of the NBA Finals to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108 – 100 despite Lebron James Career Finals High of 44 points Thursday night. In front of an Oracle Arena crowd of 19,596, NBA MVP Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 8 assists. Golden State’s Bench also were the deciding factor as they outscored the Cavaliers 34-9. Cleveland will try to make some adjustments with or without their starting PG Kyrie Irving for Game 2, who the left the overtime period with an apparent knee injury. Kyrie was unable to return. Here are some key takeaways from Game 1.
The Warriors bench was clearly the difference in the ball game outscoring the Cavaliers 34-9. All of Cleveland’s nine points were off of three 3 point shots made by J.R. Smith. The bench play of the Warriors also contributed 19 rebounds to the Cavs bench 6, while dishing out 9 assists to the Cavs Bench 4. The most important thing overall was that the deeper bench wore the Cavaliers out in the Overtime period were the Cavaliers only scored 2 points in the five-minute period.
Lebron James was amazing last night. Although King James finished the game with a personal NBA Finals high of 44 points, his step back contested jumper couldn’t seal the game in regulation, which sent the game into overtime.
“I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before,” James said. “It’s a make or miss league, and we had our chances.”
PICK AND ROLL:
The Warriors pick and roll action is dangerous in this series. Golden State is catching Cleveland in mismatches when they switch, which allows the Warriors to find their teammates cutting to the basket for uncontested dunks, or layups. The pick and roll were the key offense in Game 1, which allowed the Warriors to get to the foul line, or find open teammates for wide open corner three-point shots.
The NBA Playoffs are about adjustments, but can the Cavaliers make a big enough adjustment with an injured Kyrie Irving? Remains to be seen.
Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 8pm ET on ABC.
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