The Cleveland Cavaliers hit 24 threes in their Game 4 win over the Golden State Warriors, setting an NBA Finals record. At the same time, LeBron James passed Magic Johnson for Finals triple-doubles, and Michael Jordan for points. How did the Cavaliers break through the Warriors’ defense after a 14-of-44 performance in Game 3?
Yes, many of Cleveland’s shots were either dumb luck — that J.R. Smith 3-pointer from the middle of the floor comes to mind — or guys like Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert coming back and waking up from beyond the arc.
But severe issues with rotations, mental attentiveness, and keeping the Cavaliers off the offensive boards were the main factors. Draymond Green played oddly out of character, at times falling asleep on Kevin Love even after the Cleveland forward had hit a string of 3-pointers.
There was also one play the Cavaliers ran with LeBron that was a huge adjustment from the first three contests, something I thought was a stroke of genius from Tyronn Lue.
Watch the full breakdown above to see how it all came together.