The final score was 132-113 Warriors.
The Good news for the Cavs:
- They forced 20 turnovers for the game resulting in 23 points.
- They scored 60 points in the paint, mostly by LeBron taking it to the hoop early and often in the first half.
- Kevin Love had a great offensive game (27 points).
Now, the Bad news for the Cavs:
- Steve Kerr is baaaaaack.
- Although the Cavs forced 8 turnovers in the first quarter, the Warriors still scored 40 points to their 34.
- Although the Cavs forced 20 turnovers for the game, the Warriors scored 132 points, 19 more than in Game 1 when they had only 4 turnovers.
- There wasn’t a single Cavs player who had a + point differential while on the court. This also happened in Game 1. LeBron was -11 and Kyrie was -17, and Love was -8.
- Conversely, there wasn’t a single Warriors player who had a – point differential while on the court. This also happened in Game 1. Steph was +21, KD was +21 and Klay was +24.
- Steph had a triple double (32 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists). But he had 8 turnovers.
- KD had a monster game (33 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and 5 massive blocks).
- Klay found his shot (22 points and 4-7 from three) in addition to his stellar defensive play.
Plays of the game:
- KD blocking Love on the block, then taking it coast-to-coast with a cross-over on LeBron and scoring on both LeBron and Love attempting to block his shot.
- Steph doing a spin cycle on LeBron and taking it to the hoop with LeBron hitting only glass trying to block his layup. Additionally, Love was waiting for Steph in the paint, but only managed a weak hand in his face, then stepped back allowing Steph to easily bank his layup on the glass. This play demonstrated Love’s defense (or lack of) to a cup of tea.
- Steph’s no-look binocular pass to Shaun Livingston for an easy uncontested dunk.
Misc stuff and musings:
- The Warriors made 18 threes to the Cavs 8. The Cavs were averaging almost 15 threes in the Eastern Conference playoff games.
- The Warriors shot 51.7% from the field, 41.9% from three, and 91.7% from the free-throw line with Steph being perfect at 14-14 (He was 10-10 in the first quarter). In the NBA, a mark of 50%-40%-80% in these categories is considered to be monster games.
- On KD’s 4 point play in the second half, JR Smith fouled KD as he shot from the three point line. As he fouled KD, Smith also extended his leg right under KD. Luckily, KD didn’t land on Smith’s shoes and roll his ankle. Why wasn’t a flagrant foul called? Because KD didn’t get hurt. The NBA needs to address this somehow.
- They are putting Tristen Thompson’s and JR Smith’s mug-shots on milk cartons as they are now officially MIA.
- Ty Lue said that the Celics are a much tougher team to defend than the Warriors as they give them so many different looks. GEICO is now considering doing another one of their “Easier done than said” commercials with Lue in it.
- Warriors are negotiating with a Broom company as they’ll need a lot of new brooms to keep their new arena in San Francisco clean… Just sayin’