The Cavaliers could really use a win in their second game in Oakland to avoid a 2-0 hole in the NBA Finals. You may have heard, but they really blew their chance in Game 1, and there’s two potential takeaways from that heartbreaker, and they both depend on your perspective:
The first is that the Cavaliers can hang with this Warriors team. They were able to successfully execute their switching scheme, and guys like Kevin Love and George Hill held their own on tough mismatches. Jeff Green did an excellent job guarding Kevin Durant during his minutes, pushing him off his spots and forcing him to work hard to get back.
The Warriors had absolutely no answers for LeBron James without Andre Iguodala, and the Cavaliers shot a hilariously poor 10-37 from three on a steady diet of in-rhythm looks. This wasn’t the Rockets in Game 7, kids.
The alternate, more pessimistic takeaway - the Cavaliers gave the Warriors their best shot and the Warriors survived. An avalanche could be coming in Game 2 as the Warriors figured out kinks in their late game offense in overtime as they scored 17 points in five minutes. The crushing loss will affect the Cavaliers’ mentality and they won’t be able to be 100 percent focused on Game 2.
What response is the correct one? We don’t know. But we will soon.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors - Game 2
When: 8 p.m.
Online: Watch ESPN
Radio: WTAM 1100, La Mega 87.7 (Cleveland)