It’s been a while since we last saw you, Warriors Faithful.
But we’re back, better than ever, and we have a few things to say (sorry for the hiatus, we made our last post on 4/20 and decided to move to Colorado, where we…got lost in the wilderness?).
The Warriors probably shouldn’t have won Game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson struggled from the field, the Warriors had more turnovers than the Cavs and the Warriors gave up 13 offensive rebounds (six coming from rebounder extraordinare Tristan Thompson).
But we did win. We won in OT, 108-100, thanks to great efforts from Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala (who played great defense and hit some big threes). Heck, even Marreese Speights returned and hit some big jumpers.
Of course, Dubs fans rubbed it in LeBron’s exasperated face.
And then we found out that Kyrie Irving would be out for the rest of the series with a fractured left kneecap (I’ve never fractured a kneecap, but I’m guessing it hurts).
The injury to Kyrie could be crippling for the Cavaliers. He had 23 points on 10-of-22 shooting, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks while committing only one turnover in Game 1. For the Cavs to have any chance of winning this series (which appears highly doubtful at the moment), they are going to have to get other-worldly performances from Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith. Mozgov had 16 points and seven rebounds in Game 1, while Smith had only nine points on 3-of-13 shooting.
Smith is an interesting X-factor for the Cavs. He’s an incredibly streaky shooter, meaning he can have games like he did on Tuesday and then he can absolutely go off. He’s only had four games of 15 points or more in 15 playoff games this postseason, but in one of those games—Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks—he scored 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting while shooting 8-of-12 from downtown, many of them contested shots.
The question is: If J.R. gets hot, how long will he stay that way for? That could be a major factor in this series.
Perhaps Shawn Marion and Mike Miller will get some play this series.
And we can only hope Kendrick Perkins sees the floor. Because he is awful.
Either way, Dark Side of the Bay is predicting a Game 2 victory for the Dubs. Anything less…would be uncivilized.