Cleveland had every chance to win this game in regulation. Due to various reasons which we won’t get into here. Below is my analysis from Game 1 on what Cleveland needs to keep doing and what they need to make adjustments on.
Cavalier Players Not Named Lebron James
25/67 37% 7/31 3P 23% 63 points
The supporting cast only scored 12 more points than King James. Cleveland needs a 3rd option who can get 15-18 points. The three-point shooting has to improve from 23%.
Cleveland 53 Golden St 38 Cleveland +15
Cleveland crushed the Warriors on the boards. Cleveland needs to capitalize on their rebounding to slow Golden St down on the offensive end.
Cleveland 19 Golden St 4 Cleveland +15
Another smash spot for the Cavaliers. They need score more 2nd chance points. Again Cleveland needs to make the Warriors pay if they going to give that many offensive rebounds.
Golden St 31 Cleveland 18 Golden St +13
This is the difference between missing and making shots. The Warriors shot 51% while Cleveland shot 44%. Cleveland needs to make more shots and defend better.
Golden St Backcourt 3P Shooting
Curry 5/11 45% Thompson 5/10 50%
You can’t allow Curry and Thompson to have 21 attempts from three. Make them score off the dribble. You can’t help off either one of them on defense.
Thirteen missed shots off Lebron James passes.
Lebron should have 12-15 assists in this game. But no one could make an open shot. If Cleveland doesn’t start hitting shots the Warriors are going to let the King get his and bet the others won’t step up.