NBA Finals Game 3 Preview
Welcome back Steve Kerr!
The Warriors coach was back in his element after missing a month due to back related issues.
And what better way to welcome back the coach with a 132-113 win, extending their playoff run to 14-0. For majority of Game 2, it was tight and tough but it was an explosive 10 minutes towards the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter that the Warriors put the game on ice, building an unassailable 21-point lead.
Kevin Durant (33 points) and Steph Curry continue to dominate with the pair combining for 65 points. In the process, Steph registering his first playoff triple double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
For the Cavs, there were positives.
For majority of the game they played with high intensity and aggression at both ends of the floor, forcing the Warriors into tough shots and to turn the ball over 20 times. Love found great form (27 points) as an early offensive threat while Lebron was incredible notching his eighth playoff triple double of his career (29 points, 11 rebounds, 14 assists), equalling Magic Johnson for most playoff triple doubles. But again, it was all in vain as players like JR Smith struggled to trouble the scorers and Iman Shumpert shooting one from six.
As we look forward to Game 3, the Cavs desperately head home looking for a change in pace and a change in luck. The Cavs are a better team at home, and they need to be. The Warriors seemingly need to continue what they are doing, while the Cavs need some quick adjustments before Game 3.
1. Shoot the ball well. When the Cavs win, they shoot at 51%. When they lose it drops to 41%. So far this series the Cavs are only shooting at 40% and it's worse from beyond the arc as that goes down to 32% so far this series.
2. Pace of the game. The Warriors love playing a run and gun game that wears down their opposition. The Cavs need to slow the game down and get good looks.
3. Points off turnovers. The Warriors were uncharacteristically sloppy with 20 turnovers in Game 2 and the Cavs need to capitalise and score off the Warriors errors.
4. The bench. The Cavs need more contributors from the bench. Kyle Korver hasn’t lived up to his hype only scoring eight this series.
5. Defence. The Cavs cannot afford to make any mistakes and need to starve the Warriors of easy points.
I expect the Cavs to hit back at home and get the win in a close one.
TIP: Cavs by 2 points