Warriors’ Andre Iguodala tries to high-five Cavaliers’ James Jones after Jones blocked his shot (VIDEO)


Andre Iguodala was a surprise starter for the Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and after a slow start, the team was rewarded for its decision.

Iguodala led all scorers with nine first-quarter points, and Golden State led 31-24 after the first 12 minutes.

But no player is perfect, and Iguodala was victimized by James Jones of all people in transition, when Jones got the better of him by coming away with a surprisingly athletic blocked shot.

It impressed Iguodala so much that he reached out to slap hands with Jones, but Jones didn’t appear to be interested in accepting the gesture.

LeBron with the ridiculous no-look pass to find Timofey Mozgov for the slam (VIDEO)


The Warriors changed their starting lineup to go small in Game 4, subbing out Andrew Bogut in favor of Andre Iguodala.

In the game’s first few minutes, the Cavaliers were taking full advantage.

Tristan Thompson was dominating the boards even more than we’ve seen him do to this point of the series, and the Warriors defense was helpless to stop Timofey Mozgov on this play, where LeBron James found him with a ridiculous no-look pass which Mozgov was able to convert for the highlight reel slam.

Warriors make first big adjustment: Start Andre Iguodala over Bogut


CLEVELAND — Golden State wants to play faster, so they are going smaller.

The Warriors changed their starting lineup for Game 4, starting Andre Iguodala in place of Andrew Bogut. The result was a starting lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Iguodala and Draymond Green.

The Warriors needed to so something to shake up the pace. This Warriors new starting lineup has been +18.8 points per 48 minutes in the Finals, but played just 20 minutes. They were  +19.7 per 48 minute in the regular season but only played just more than 100 minutes.

It didn’t open up well in Game 4 for Golden State. Tristan Thompson grabbed an offensive rebound for a bucket, Timofey Mozgov had a three and Iman Shumpert nailed a wide-open three off a LeBron no look.

The Warriors started 0-of-3 shooting, and the Cavaliers raced out to a 7-0 lead, but the Warriors hit a couple after that and started to settle down. Eventually by the four minute mark left in the first it was 22-20 Warriors.

After Game 3 cramping, fatigue Matthew Dellavedova doing away with pregame coffee


CLEVELAND — The professional sports tradition of guys looking for a little pop of energy — from legal and illegal substances — has never gone away.

A legal route Matthew Dellavedova has gone — coffee.

His pregame cup or two of joe, and sometimes another at halftime, has been a tradition since before he was with the Cavaliers. But he needed to be taken to the hospital after he cramped up and suffered severe fatigue following Game 3 of the NBA Finals. That was enough, Delly is dumping coffee, he told Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

“There will be no coffee tonight,” Dellavedova said after Cavs shootaround Thursday. “It’s not a good thing, probably, for your hydration…

“The Finals’ intensity is probably a little bit different to the regular season,” Dellavedova said. “You just try to lay it out there. So, you’re just pushing yourself.”

That’s a smart move, but is it going to be near enough? When you take your body down to empty like that it takes time to get back up to full. Maybe more than 48 hours. Especially if he’s going to spend part of Game 4 chasing Stephen Curry around while the Warriors run him off screens like vintage Ray Allen.

“I told him I was going to limit his minutes, and he said, no, you’re not,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt said at practice Wednesday. “Look, we’ve got to be realistic and keep our eyes on him and see how he recovers. He emptied the tank last night. Hopefully in the ensuing 48 hours he’s going to be able to catch up and to get back up to par, so to speak, in terms of his body. But he’ll be out there, and we’ll just monitor how he’s doing. I’m not going to come in there with a specific minute restriction, but we’ll definitely be conscious of it.”

If Dellavedova can’t stick with Curry in the usual way, it could be a rough night for him and the Warriors.

Mychal Thompson on Matthew Dellavedova: “It’s a joke to think he can stop Steph Curry”


The story of the 2015 Finals so far as been Matthew Dellavedova, who has stepped into the Cavs’ starting lineup since Kyrie Irving went down, taking the defensive assignment of guarding Stephen Curry. He’s taken over the city of Cleveland and become something of a cult hero. One person who isn’t impressed, though, is Mychal Thompson, former NBA player and father of Klay.

Theoretically, he’s right. But Curry has not shot well in the Finals, save for a fourth-quarter explosion in Game 3. Maybe the Dellavedova magic will run out before the series is over. But for now, it looks like that’s exactly what he’s doing.