The 2015-16 NBA Finals swing to Cleveland as the Cavaliers look to get back in the series. After being blown out in Game 1 and Game 2 at the Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors the Cavaliers should be excited to return to their home floor.
Now before the Cavaliers can even start to consider making this a series head coach Tyronn Lue will need to figure out a much better game plan to slow down the entire Warriors lineup. In Game 1 the team was able to shut down the splash brothers holding Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry to just 20 total points while limiting them to just four for 13 from behind the three point line.
The problem for the Cavaliers in Game 1 is the fact they could not find a way to slow down the Warriors bench while their own bench provided very little relief when their big three was off the floor. Andre Iguodala who was last seasons NBA Finals MVP pitched in 12 points while Shaun Livingston delivered a stellar 20 point performance and Leandro Barbosa finished with 11 points.
In Game 2, the Cavaliers defense still held Curry and Thompson in check as neither player finished with more than 18 points. IN that game though the team couldn’t slow down Draymond Green who finished with a game high 28 points. Meanwhile LeBron James scored just 19 points while Kyrie Irving finished with 10 and Kevin Love with just 5 points.
Heading in to Game 3 the Cavaliers should have a pretty long list of things they need to do to win. Here is our list of keys to Game 3 for both the Cavaliers and Warriors as well as their key Game 4 matchup.
Stay on course – Golden State Warriors: For the Warriors all they need to do is stay on course as the way they played in the first two games of the series. Continue to move the ball around, play their deep bench and let the splash brothers contribute when they need it. If Steve Kerr and the Warriors don’t look to get fancy they could wrap this series up in Cleveland.
Big Three Must Show Up – Cleveland Cavaliers: This Cavaliers team has a much weaker bench than the Warriors and it has showed up in the first two games of the series. For that this simply means the Cavaliers big three will need to carry the load while not combing to score just 34 points. If this team wants to bounce back with two wins at home Irving, Love and James will need to combine to score at least 75 points to do so possible even more upwards of 85 points.
Hit the Glass – Cleveland Cavaliers: If this team wants a win in game 3 and 4 they will need to win the rebounding battle while limiting second chance scoring opportunities for the Warriors. Meanwhile picking up a few more offensive rebounds will limit the Warriors chances to run something that plays to their ability to move the ball around the entire floor.
In the end, the Cavaliers will need a ton of things to go right in Game 3 and Game 4 to even up the series before it rolls back to the Oracle Arena.
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