Cavs Gut Out Game 2 Win
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With Kyrie Irving out with a broken kneecap, the 2015 NBA Finals were supposed to be over, with the rest of the games being a formality, but nobody passed this alert to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs beat the Golden State Warriors 95-93 last night to even the series at 1 game apiece and steal home court advantage.
After the news of Kyrie Irving’s broken knee cap came out, most wrote the Cavs, with an already missing Kevin Love, off. However, in stepped Matthew Dellavedova, combined with another heroic night from LeBron James, and the Cavs took Game 2.
James turned in another huge night (and gutsy performance) on his way to a triple-double, scoring 39 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and dishing 12 assists. However, the surprise was the play of Matthew Dellavedova, who was struggling to bring the ball up the court in Game 1, who was everywhere on the court and playing great defense, grabbing loose balls, and making timely shots.
Klay Thompson lead the way for the Warriors with 34 points as Stephen Curry struggled for most of the night.
Looking ahead to what is essentially a five game series, a few things stand out. First the Warriors offense has yet to break 100 in regulation, mainly due to the fact that they have started games so slowly, something that has to be concerning, given the fact that the slower paced and lower scoring games favors the Cavs.
Also the mental state of the Warriors has to be questioned as they were essentially awarded the championship after the Irving news broke and then came out so flat at home, and were out competed early on.
Second is the Cavs still have no offense outside of LeBron James isolation plays or LeBron James pick and rolls. It is hard to see that carrying them to three more wins even if the Warriors keep struggling.
Game 3 set for Tuesday night.