The Cavs ranked near the bottom of the league when it comes to defensive efficiency in the regular season, so stopping KD as a team is probably not the best of ideas.
His averages in these Playoffs speak for themselves — 34 ppg, 9. Almost everyone is counting out the Cavs even without a single basket made in this series and I would agree the Warriors are massive favorites in Game 1. However, with the fatigue from a 7 game series against Houston and still the lack of Andre Iguodala, the Warriors will be vulnerable. Defence is what got both teams through in their Conference Finals series and I expect the level of defending to stay at a high in this series as well.
Interestingly enough, Under is in Cavaliers last 4 road games and in Warriors last 4 home games. They lead the all-time regular season series The last time the Cavaliers played, they beat the Boston Celtics, LeBron James was the top scorer from either team with 35 points on for shooting.
The Cavaliers made 18 of their 25 free throws The Warriors will look to keep it rolling after defeating the Houston Rockets in their last outing, Stephen Curry fueled Golden State with 27 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds. The Warriors figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. The Warriors have the better straight up SU record vs. In the First-Round Series, the Cavaliers were ATS with 11 unders, nine overs and one push while the Warriors were with 14 unders, nine overs and one push.
The Warriors rank fifth in points off turnovers per game Cleveland ranks 11th in fast break points allowed per game The Spurs offense has not done much as a whole in this series, with a 21 point effort from Patty Mills in game 2 being the only other scoring output of 20 or more in any game this series.
If the Spurs want to keep up scoring-wise with the Warriors, they will need strong games off the bench from veterans Tony Parker, Rudy Gay, and Pau Gasol. The Golden State Warriors have been one of, if not the best offensive team in the playoffs thus far. I expect another fast paced game to take place in game 4.
First time in his career as Spurs coach, no Tim, Tony, and now Manu is out. Asked Manu what he feels it will be like for Popovich this upcoming season: So many memories for Manu, but the one he mentioned today as the one he holds in high regard, that championship run.