Golden State Warriors Hold Off Cleveland Cavaliers In Overtime To Win Game 1 Of NBA Finals
Stephen Curry is your NBA MVP, he plays on the best team in the league, and tonight he and the Warriors showed you why. PMA readers or listeners to my radio show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, know that I predicted ALL of this: from LeBron James scoring 40+ and sadly even Kyrie Irving’s injury.
The Cavs stormed out of the gates to lead by 10 points after the first quarter. But Curry came to life and took a lead. At the half the Warriors trailed by 3 and that’s nothing in hoops. Andre Iguodala showed up big giving his squad 15 points on 6/8 from the floor (2/3 from beyond the arc). He played good defense on James, I know that seems weird with James scoring 44 points, but none of those 44 points would come when it counted.
“King” James won’t admit this, but this is true: He misses and needs Kevin Love. Unfortunately for Cleveland, Love is not coming out of the tunnel to give the Cavs their Willis Reed moment, and neither is Irving.
The fourth quarter was back and forth and James missed a 3 pointer that would’ve won them the game. What made the entire Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum gasp was Iman Shumpert’s 3 that looked good the moment it left his hands and it clanked across the middle of the basket.
What made no sense to me was JR Smith not getting more looks as he scored ALL the points for the Cavs off the bench, but still good enough to be the 4th leading scorer. In Overtime, it was a wrap. Cleveland would be held to 2 points on 1-9 shooting and 3 turnovers. The Cavs also lost Irving, many will blame Coach Blatt for that because Kyrie played 43 minutes. However, to be fair although Irving limped the entire game he had 23 points 7 rebounds and 4 steals and made an outstanding block on Curry in the 4th. Irving could’ve been injured at any point.
Klay Thompson seemed recovered from his concussion and put up 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This game was won the way I said it would be: Golden State has the deeper and better team. They play defense.
Stats that mean something: Game 1 winners win the series 70.6% of the time (48-20). Regular season MVP’s win game 1 at home over the last 30 seasons win the series. The Cavs are in trouble, they were already facing an uphill battle. Irving was crying in the locker room. James needs Irving; Timofey Mozgov and Shumpert aren’t enough; especially against Harrison Barnes Draymond Green and Iguodala coming off the bench. Andrew Bogut didn’t really have to play half decent for them to win. You take away Irving’s 27 points and Cleveland is dead. The series may already be over.
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About TK: Terrence Kyrell Hodge I was born 9/13/79, in what was then W. Berlin Germany, to Qualise and Lieutenant Tyrone Hodge of the United States Marine Corps. He lived in London England and graduated from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor in 2000 with BA in English and Political Science. Terrence writes about any and everything. Terrence is planning a series of novels that are works of “faction” part factual (nonfiction) and partly fictional. He plans to bring a dual vision of American and European observation and opinions to PMA. He will bring blunt honesty with a sense of comedy. He says “I will write wherever I’m needed as I am NOT a one trick pony.