Going into these series all eyes were definitely on Cavs big three and Warriors Splash Brothers, with Shaun Livingston not even expected to be on the list of players from Warriors bench to pull any surprises, but on the night the reverse was the case.
Though Cavs’ big three didn’t do badly considering they had 66 of Cavs 89 points but the Splash Brothers were not at the party on the night they had only 20 points from Warriors’ 104.
Here are Four things we learnt from the game.
1. Splash Brothers are not some aliens
There are rumours that NBA is looking to stop the dominance of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as some of the rules presently in place will be twerked as it is widely believed these guys have unfair advantage with their long range shooting abilities.
Today the Cavs showed the rules shouldn’t be changed because of their shooting abilities because they can be stopped.
Steph Curry could only make 3 of 8 three points attempted and ended with 11 points from 15 field goals attempted while Klay Thompson only made 1 from 5 three points attempted and also ended with nine points from 12 field goals attempted as the Splash Brothers were limited in their output.
Cavs showed us how to stop the brothers and showed us they are humans not aliens and can be stopped
2. The Big Three can’t do it alone
Cavs had a smooth run en-route the Playoff finals, beating Piston and Hawks 4-0 and also rarely troubled in the finals against Raptors winning 4-2. Cavs had a good run and the big three were a big part of the run.
Since they played weaker teams the Big Three were hardly troubled and didn’t feel it when their supporting casts didn’t play well. Against Warriors everyone must be involved if they must take anything from these series, Smith must find his 3-points abilities and the bench must also step up.
3.There is strength in Warriors numbers
Warriors motto ‘Strength in Numbers’ isn’t just for fun as the Warriors showed there is strength really in their numbers and Steve Kerr can count on the bench when the starters are out of ideas like it happened in Game 1.
The Warriors’ bench led by Shaun Livingston (20 points) outscored the Cavs’ bench 45-10, Harrison Barnes (13), Andrea Iguodala (12), Leandro Barbosa (11) who spent lesser time on the court had more points than Klay Thompson (9) on the night.
4. Golden State Warriors can play
After their break down in game 5,6 and especially 7 OKC’s Kevin Durant attributed their defeat to Warriors long range shooting ability, saying they played better basketball and were the better team on the night but Warriors long range shooting ability won them the tie.
“They beat us in the three-point line the last two games. We beat them everywhere else, they beat us from the three-point line, and that was the series.”
Against Cavs the long range shoots didn’t work for Warriors in fact their best players were reduced to almost nothing but the team played beautiful basketball on the night and showed they are more than a 3 points shooting team.
When you imagine that role players like Livingston, Barbosa and Iguodala outscored Curry and Klay then you know that these guys are ‘ballers’ and will do anything to win.
Livingstone = Curry & Thompson = 20 #NBAFinals
— SportsRation (@Sportsration) June 3, 2016