There were a number of reasons the Golden State Warriors struggled against the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday. For one, the Warriors couldn’t finish inside (they were 19-of-29 at the rim) nor were their midrange shots falling (9-of-34 from three feet out to the arc).
But the biggest reason was LeBron James.
Golden State had no answer for the best player on the planet. LeBron looked at Stephen Curry across the way and decided to make his MVP statement in more than words. LeBron dropped 42 points on 25 points, and in a sign he was attacking the rim he was 8-of-10 within eight feet of the bucket.
Cleveland is finding its groove, it’s starting five is playing great defense, and if that is happening if anyone in the East can stop them. And maybe not the best in the West, either.