OAKLAND — In a game where the Warriors beat the Cavaliers by 15 points and took a 1-0 Finals series lead, it’s hard to find things to complain about. That doesn’t mean the Warriors don’t think they could have played better.
For starters, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for just 20 points. Already, they see the adjustments that need to be made to get them better shots. But a day after a relatively convincing win, the mood at Warriors practice was restless and fixated on turnovers and ball movement.
“Just do a better job of moving the basketball,” Warriors forward Harrison Barnes said at practice on Friday, when asked what the Warriors could improve on from Thursday’s game.. “There are still some openings that we can find. We’re trying to cut down on turnovers. I thought we did a good job last game — I think we only had nine. But when we have those games where we have 15, 20 turnovers, that just gives the other team so many more possessions.”
And then there’s the LeBron James matter. James has not lost a Game 2 in the playoffs after losing the first game since 2008. He had 23 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists in Game 1, and it wasn’t enough as the Warriors were able to shut down everyone outside of the Cavs’ big three.
The Warriors are fine with a repeat of last season: LeBron trying to beat them by himself.
“Well, he’s had a really good record in Game 2s after losses,” Andre Iguodala said. “So really expect him to come out and be aggressive, try to set the tone. But just continue to be himself. LeBron’s had awesome games, whether he’s defending well or not, he still tries to impose his will on the game and he still comes up as a very efficient player and gets a lot of guys involved, also taking care of himself. So you’re not going to stop him or expect to stop him. You just try to make it as hard as possible for him.”