2016 NBA Finals: Game 2 Preview

Game 1 Takeaways:

  • Leandro Barbosa came off the bench for the Warriors and didn’t miss a shot, going 5-for-5 for 11 points. While Shaun Livingston added another 20 points of his own after hitting in array of mid-range shots down the stretch.
  • Andre Iguodala is just a complete freak when the Finals come around. After winning the Finals MVP award last year, he’s back at it again after a sensational performance in Game 1: 12 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block.
  • Kyrie Irving was able to get the line often and added 26 points and three steals for Cleveland. After not missing most of last year’s Finals due to injury, Irving is already one of the main factors in this series.

Preview

The Cavaliers suffered the rough Game 1 loss after failing to slow down the Warriors bench players. Both teams will come out strong, but the Cavaliers are well aware they cannot afford to go down 0-2 against this team. This game will be decided in the paint. The Cavs have proven they can hang with the Warriors interior game and will have more success tonight.

Expect the Cavaliers to come out much sharper tonight, after having 15 turnovers in the first game. On the Warriors side, there is no way Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson both continue to play quiet on offense. Thompson has been a savior for Golden State during this playoff run and will score more than nine points this time around. I’m leaning Cavaliers in a close battle tonight.

– Daniel Solis Ramos

Well, no one could have anticipated Steph Curry and Klay Thompson would have one of their worst games combined of the season–the duo combined for just 20 points on 8-for-27 shooting. And then to win despite that awful shooting? Not a chance, you would’ve said. But Golden State continued to prove why its the most deep team in the League. Shaun Livingston channeled his inner-L.A. Clipper days, Andre Igoudala returned to his NBA Finals MVP form, and Leandro Barbosa reminded everyone that the Brazilian Blur can still produce.

The Cavs on the other hand left countless open shots bouncing off the rim. LeBron hit two of the Cavs’ seven three pointers. And if they want to make Game 2 close, they’ll have to shoot better than 7-for-21 from the arc. Tyronn Lue wants LeBron to push the pace on offense more; maybe that’ll open up some more open 3s. But those shots have to fall if Cleveland stands a chance. So, while we shouldn’t expect another 20-point performance from Livingston, the Cavs can’t expect to have another off day. Cleveland’s individual defense was good, but one, if not both of those superstars, will put up their numbers in Game 2. It’s just a matter of limiting the rest of the production when the second unit comes in.

Cleveland makes the adjustments in Game 2. Love and Kyrie shoot better than their combined 14-for-39 from Thursday night. LeBron and Co. tie things up at a game apiece.

– Todd Kress
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