The Cleveland Cavaliers are down three games to none for a number of reasons, and the GSW talent is not the only reason why.
Lebron James for the most part was absolutely great, we are all witnesses. The other guys like Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and the role players were not able to be counted on.
In games 1&2 Irving was just not playing like himself. Irving's shot was off, and he did not seem totally engaged in my eyes.
Love in game 1 rebounded but that was all. In Game 2 Love woke up and scored the ball very well. If Irving had a 'Kyrie Irving' like game in game 2 the Cavs would've been tied 1-1.
In games 1&2 the Cavs role players were no where to be found. It could be that role players play better at home.
In game 3 Lebron James and Kyrie Irving were spectacular, but Love was not he constantly missed open shots which obviously hurt the Cavs very much.
SOME of the Cavs role players played better in game 3. I believe Kyle Korver and JR Smith stepped up offensively, while Iman Shumpert and Richard Jefferson gave hustle on defense.
Deron Williams was so bad, it hurt to watch. But Williams play did not hurt as much as Triston Thompson's play.
Triston Thompson is the one that the people of Golden State should be writing thank you letters to. His play was so small that I did not know who I was watching. Thompson was missing all series, who I expected to have a huge part of the Cavs winning this series. Thompson did not score, rebound, or defend.
Although it is hard to criticize James, he did make two plays down the stretch of game 3 that made me sick.
In the fourth quarter, with 1 minute left, Lebron gave his haters new fuel. Draymond Green who had five fouls was in front of Lebron and instead of driving, he decided to fade away and miss the shot.
The second play under a minute was when Lebron was at the rim, but decided to sling a pass to Korver in the corner. Lebron HAD to go to the hoop and get a lay-up or a foul. Lebron has to trust himself more than Korver.
Something else to consider; Curry, Durant, Thompson, and Green are all in their prime. Although I still believe James is the best player in the NBA today, he is not as athletic and sound defensively as he once was.
At this point, I'm hoping the Cavs can at least get 1 win. I believe the Cavs will win game 5 simply because Lebron and Kyrie are to prideful.
Daniel Farr. Journalist. Sports fan. College student. https://soundcloud.com/user-731370183.