With Game 4 of the NBA Finals tonight, the Cleveland Cavaliers look to even the series at two games a piece. Here are some things the teams can look to do to find success in tonight’s game.
The real question everybody is asking themselves right now is did the Warriors just have an off game in Game 3, or did the Cavs finally figure it out? With Kevin Love off the floor, things finally seem to have clicked. Richard Jefferson saw 33 minutes last game, and provided what was a very solid veteran performance. He shot 57% from the field, and had nine points and eight rebounds.
Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and J.R. Smith, (finally not looking like trash,) all got on track last game. LeBron went off for 32 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Kyrie had 30 points and eights assists, while J.R. chipped in 20 points.
Whether it was having the home crowd behind them or not, the ball seemed to move much better in Game 3 than the previous two. In the first two games, there was a lot more isolation ball. Whoever had the ball, it seemed like they were forcing the issue. It was like the Cavs said, “here you go, let’s see what you can do.” In Game 3, the Cavs only had 23 assists compared to the Warriors 21, but overall there seemed to be a lot less isolation ball. They finally played with pace. They finally ran up the court and started attacking the Warriors in transition. It looked like trying to keep pace with the Warriors finally played to the Cavs advantage. If the Cavs can continue to shoot with confidence and get up-and-down the floor, they should find themselves able to even the series.
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have not been great to say the least. Neither one of the pair has hit 20 points in a single game in the Finals. Klay is shooting 30% from 3, while Steph is shooting 40%. Forty percent isn’t bad, but it’s not what you expect from the two-time reigning MVP. If the Warriors hope to win tonight, the “Splash Brothers” will need to have big games.
Draymond Green had a monster Game 2, scoring 28 points, grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists. In Game 3 however, he only scored six points going 2-8 from the field. He contributed by adding seven points and seven assists, but overall he didn’t look like himself. Getting back to his brash, shit-talking ways is something I look forward to seeing tonight.
The Warriors bench was great in the first two games, and didn’t look bad in Game 3 either. Without Barbosa and Livingston, this series could look completely different. Barbosa at one point was 10-10 from the field in the first two games. If the bench can have a decent showing tonight, along with a big game from the Warriors Big 3, the Warriors can find themselves heading home looking to close out the series in Game 5.
Game 4 predictions
T – Warriors 105-Cavs 99. I’m predicting a big game from Steph Curry. Something like 35 points, nine assists and 8 rebounds. If the Warriors are gonna steal this game and try to close out in Game 5, Steph is going to have to show up and step up big time. Klay and Draymond also need to play much better than they did in Game 3, but that should be a given.
D – Cavs 103-Warriors 95. The Cavs should continue to run small ball and bring Kevin Love a.k.a. Lil’ Kev off the bench. Whether it was momentum or not, you just won by 30 points. I’m not saying don’t play Kevin Love, but ride the wave that worked for you in Game 3. It’ll be easier for Kevin Love to get back in rhythm going against the Warriors second unit, and not immediately matching up with Draymond Green.