The Key Numbers Ahead of Warriors Vs Cavs Part 4
- Author: Steve Townsend Jun 01, 2018,
Jun 01, 2018, 17:03
"You have two teams here who are both, with their tax, the highest salaried, highest payroll teams in the league", he said. The duo finished first and second in three-pointers made during the 2014-15 season.
Apart from LeBron James, Kevin Love is the only Cleveland player to have a double figure average in terms of points scored in this postseason. However, Love got injured in the playoffs and did not play in the series. The difference was the Warriors bench, which outscored Cleveland 34-9. He will be re-evaluated ahead of Sunday's Game 2.
If this was any other situation, the referees would have more than likely called a violation on the Cavs, resulting in one free throw and possession for Golden State.
Kevin Durant added 26 points, nine rebounds, six assists, three blocks, and one steal, while Klay Thompson, who briefly left the game due to a left leg contusion, chipped in 24 points, three rebounds, and one assist. However, his minutes could be severely reduced if the Cavs start Green and Love in the post, as Thompson would eat up the backup center time. The move paid off.
The Warriors opened a seven-point lead in the third quarter but turnovers, miscues and the continued dominance of James kept the game close throughout the fourth.
The Warriors even lost the first half of the last two "win-or-go-home" games by at least 10 points, only to completely destroy Houston in the successive quarter.
James wants the Cavs to put it behind them. 2016 NBA FinalsGolden State came into the series on a roll.
ESPN.com: "Why Round 4 of Warriors-Cavs deserves our appreciation" - "It has been in the back of everyone's mind all season - this feeling that this National Basketball Association season would end up right back where the past three have, in Oakland and Cleveland, with the best team of its generation going another round against the best player of his generation". With a short-handed, cobbled-together Cleveland roster and the Warriors still boasting one of the greatest lineups ever assembled, the only question entering the series was how many games it would take Golden State to take a 3-1 lead over the Cavaliers in Finals victories. Either call a blocking foul or call an offensive foul. He was suspended for Game 5 back in Oakland.