As mentioned above, Durant has been a monster all postseason, but especially in these finals. He’s averaging 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists on 52.3/43.3/91.4 shooting splits. There’s only so much you can do with a 7-foot offensive annihilator.
In Game 4, the Cavs turned to Durant stopper… Richard Jefferson? Yes, really. Jefferson Cheap Jerseys World logged a playoff-high 22 minutes in the victory, following Durant for longer Cheap Jerseys Wholesale stretches than anyone could have imagined prior to the finals.
Head space. Cleveland.com’s theory for the Cavaliers’ less-than-impressive Game 1 performance is debatable.
“Team sources surmise the Cavs’ heads were not in the proper space to deal with the Warriors and all they throw at you,” the report says. “The situation, in a sense, was similar to the 2016 Finals in which Cleveland was on its heels for the first two games and lost both, before finally gaining footing in Game 3 at home.”
One source said, “The moment was huge and it got to us. What (the Warriors) do requires time to focus your mind and energy. We didn’t do that (in Game 1).”
“It’s more or less a heart thing, a prideful thing,” Kyrie Irving said. “Going into Game 2 we’ll be a lot more settled in, a lot better on the defensive end. Offensively, I mean, we still have to take good shots against this great team. So we’ll get better.”
Considering this is the third year in a row the Cavs have played the Warriors in the Finals, this notion rings strange to us.
Nevertheless, there are clearly numerous fixes the Cavs need to make ahead of Sunday night.
“We made a lot of mistakes. There’s nothing really needs to be said,” James said. “We didn’t play as well as we know we’re capable of. We look forward to the next one.”