The Golden State Warriors used their bench who had an outstanding game and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 114-89 in Game 1. The worst thing was the fact that Dubs superstars didn’t even show up and they still won by 15 points. The Cavaliers wanted this rematch, and now they’ve got it. The Cavaliers now know they have to do a better job of locking down Golden State’s reserves. The Cavs will get back to the ball movement and three-point shooting that carried them thus far. The matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors is scheduled for Sunday, June 5, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET at Oracle Arena. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did a nice job and put LeBron James on Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry in Game 1 which certainly took each of them out of their games. Thompson and Curry combined for just 20 points on 8 of 27 shooting, and each had to knock down a late three-pointer just to get there. The Warriors bench was the story Thursday night. Shaun Livingston made a team-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Andre Iguodala had 12 points and knocked down two of his four shots from 3-point land. Harrison Barnes made 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Leandro Barbosa had 11 points by making all five of his shots. The Warriors outscored the Cavs 54-42 in the paint. One of the reasons for this is because Lebron James was guarding the perimeter and allowed for missed shots to be quickly put back up and in by Golden State’s role players.
Best Sports Site Blog believes the Cleveland Cavaliers will get better. They will have to adjust to the depth of Golden State’s bench, which did a number on the Cavs Thursday. When you hold Curry and Thompson to a combined 20 points, you shouldn’t lose by 15. We suspect the Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue to play Lebron James at the offensive end to dominate scoring and pass the ball only when needed. He should be putting up more shots and punishing the Warriors at the rack.