Well, we are where we thought we would be. The Golden State Warriors are champions, and Kevin Durant finally got himself a ring. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t have enough despite the Akron native’s excellent Finals performance.
While Game 4 was an incredible feat for Cleveland — they set an NBA Finals record for 3-pointers made at 24 — Game 5 was often embarrassing for the Cavaliers on defense. Golden State forced them to overplay in help situations and completely bungle some switches.
Thanks to their free-throw shooting and percentage on 2-pointers, the Warriors had a better true shooting and effective field goal percentage than the Cavaliers despite shooting much worse from the field, especially from 3-point range.
Cleveland had a lot of defensive breakdowns, and this play I saw in the fourth quarter was really indicative of how Golden State’s offensive weapons can be used to get a defense all jittery and nervous as a means to produce simple buckets, thus upping their efficiency.
Watch the full breakdown of the play involving Durant, James, Klay Thompson, and J.R. Smith above.
Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.
Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.
Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.
Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.
But at least the Lakers won.
With the Timberwolves trailing the Pistons by three and 6.2 seconds left, Jimmy Butler drew a foul on a 3-pointer.
Butler made the first two free throws then, just before he got the ball for the third, Reggie Jackson interrupted to talk to Stanley Johnson, who was in rebounding position. Butler missed the free throw, and Detroit won 100-97 after an intentional foul.
Butler said Jackson didn’t affect him, but Butler’s side eye during the delay at least appeared to speak loudly.
Kris Dunn had a nice weekend – 39 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds as the Bulls beat the Hornets and lost to the Suns – punctuated by this dunk in Chicago’s 113-105 loss to the Suns last night.
T.J. Warren paid the price for Tyler Ulis overplaying a Robin Lopez screen Dunn cleverly never used.