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.