By: Colby Chang
Tonight the Warriors faced off with the triple-headed beast of the East, the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers have been enjoying some recent success after the All Star break, winning 17 of their last 19. They have finally caught their stride, with Kyrie, Kevin Love, and Lebron all playing at their best and working well with one another. The Warriors, on the other hand, seem to have fallen victim to a bit of fatigue from the long and arduous season, and have been struggling lately. This game definitely foreshadowed a very likely possibility of the 2015 NBA Finals, so the Warriors sought to prove their dominance by looking to beat the Cavs at their home.
In the first quarter, neither team seemed to shoot very well from deep, instead opting to fight each other inside. The Dubs sunk a lot of their inside shots but missed their midrange ones. The Cavs did not shoot particularly well either, but instead continually looked to drive aggressively and got to the line successfully in the first. It ended at a score of 33-32, Dubs.
The second quarter saw a nice showing from Cleveland, as they were able to hit a lot of their deep attempts. The Warriors, on the other hand, were unable to shoot well from the three point line, which can account for their second quarter woes. The Warriors fought hard on the inside, but they just could not overcome the Cavalier’s recently upgraded interior defense with Timofey Mozgov. The Cavaliers won the second half up by 5.
The third quarter did not work well for the Warriors either, as they struggled mightily from everywhere on the court. Their defense did not shut down the Cleveland offense; that was going to be key if they wanted to win this matchup. The Cavaliers seemed like they got whatever they wanted and they scored an easy 29 points in the third, outmatching the Warriors’s 22 points and increasing their lead to 12 points.
The 12 point deficit was too much to overcome with just one quarter left in the contest. Neither team had a particularly good showing in the fourth quarter, as neither scored over 21 points, an anomaly for two teams’ whose offenses are quite competent. The game ended at a score of 110-99, Cavaliers.
Notable contributors: David Lee had 19 points in 20 minutes, the one highlight of a lackluster offensive showing by the Warriors. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, have to be happy with Lebron James’s ridiculous 42 points along with 11 rebounds. Kyrie added 24 points as well although he only had one assist.
Cover Image: By Keith Allison (Flickr) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons