NBA Finals Cavs try to adjust on both ends after drubbing

Doug Mendoza
June 4, 2017

In a year where the NBA was extremely petty all the time, it should come as no surprise that people are starting to ask Alexa for sick Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors burns during the 2017 NBA Finals.

"Well, I'm pretty sure that won't happen tomorrow", he said with a grin. "People see so much unselfishness, they see the beauty in the pass", Andre Iguodala said.

The Cavs watched film and vowed to get back to basics and the solid fundamentals that carried them this far, especially on the defensive end. They're going to try to get their 3-point shooters going and rebound the ball.

The Cavaliers got off once again on the wrong foot in the Finals due in large part to 20 turnovers and allowing the Warriors to pull down 14 offensive rebounds.

That's the plan for the defending champions Sunday night and will be key if they want to even the best-of-seven series and look respectable after the Warriors whipped them 113-91 Thursday night.

Because we have the technology in the form of Amazon's Alexa, this best-of-seven series simply can not be a clean sweep by the Warriors. "With him being probably one of the best scorers in the National Basketball Association, you can't give guys like that easy opportunities at the basket".

James and Kyrie Irving shot 19 for 42 between them but the sloppy ball handling allowed the Warriors to take almost as many shots - 106 - as they had points, and 20 more attempts than the Cavs' 86.

"Effort, effort, yep", Kyrie Irving said matter-of-factly.

NBA Finals Cavs try to adjust on both ends after drubbing

Not that they're discussing it.

Of course, Golden State didn't have Kevin Durant in either of their previous two Finals showdowns vs. Cleveland.

The Warriors, who had not played in nine days, were rusty at the outset, missing shots close to the basket and looking anxious when they had possession.

Wednesday, June 7: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m.

Draymond Green loved watching Durant do his thing easily down the middle in his first Finals game for Golden State. "Game One was the feel-out for us, and they definitely took advantage of all our miscues". "Now to say that you're going to get that many open lanes, you can't forecast that".

Here's what you need to know about Sunday's game. "You just can't forecast that".

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, in his seventh straight finals, has a remarkable run of having won at least one game on the road in 29 straight post-season series.

That's a lot of confidence coming from a guy who had 3 points, 2 turnovers, 1 personal foul, and absolutely nothing else in game 1. "They did a good of sending, whether it was Zaza [Pachulia] or [Javale] McGee, with another guard, sending two guys to box me out". I can take those. "It didn't matter who I was guarding, I was trying to make it tough on them just to get a good look". Those are like pick sixes.

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But the same was said a year ago when the team won the first two games of the Finals against Cleveland by a combined 48 points. This means that on one level, the Cavs' assertion is correct, they've had success pushing the ball vs. the Warriors .

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