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Cleveland Cavaliers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

94 Golden State Warriors
David Lee, PF 35 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -13Lee — as with the rest of the starters — started off hot on the offensive end: Lee made 4/5 of his shots in the opening quarter on the way towards a 32-16 run for the team. Lee then finished the game shooting 3/11 as the Cavs started clogging the paint and making life miserable for the forward. Lee also was limited on the glass, only grabbing five rebounds in 35 minutes, just one short of his point guard. Lee struggled to guard Spencer Hawes, who acted as the stretch-5 and led the Cavs with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Lee has struggled with bigger players who can stretch the floor all season, and with LaMarcus Aldridge out for Sunday (who Lee played well against in their last meeting), Lee will most likely have the smaller but feistier Batum guarding him. The Warriors will welcome back Klay Thompson with open arms, but Lee has to get it going on the offensive end regardless of how Thompson plays.
Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +13Iguodala shouldn’t be asked to score with the same aggression he had in Philadelphia, even if he was needed on Friday night to score more. He only had three assists and all of his shots were threes. For a person with Iguodala’s physical gifts, that’s ridiculous. If he’s wide open, I understand the need to shoot, but there’s no need to take contested threes. He came into the game shooting 18.5% on threes after the All-Star break, an astoundingly low percentage considering his early season success. There wasn’t nearly enough Andre running the offense on Friday night, which would’ve been good to see and given the Cavs a different look. He’ll have a tough matchup with the Portland Trailblazers on Sunday.
Harrison Barnes, SF 41 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +7This was Klay Thompson’s first missed game of his professional career. Barnes was immediately tabbed as the starter, and a collective groan came from those who’ve seen Barnes play this season. We can talk about potential, talent and work ethic all we want, but if the production isn’t there what’s the point? He’s been painful to watch this season, and was a mess on both ends of the floor on Friday night. He was tasked with guarding Jarrett Jack and Dion Waiters, who both had solid shooting nights. It’s as if when Barnes makes a shot or driving layup, we’re pleasantly surprised. I don’t mean to be writing his eulogy as a productive NBA player, but going off this season it’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. What is working for Barnes: his coach won’t lose faith in him. He’s still getting sixth man minutes and will continue doing so as long as he’s on this team. If the Warriors want to advance deep into the playoffs, Barnes will have to break out of this slump and at least start to play some semblance of stout defense, because if he’s off offensively, he’s proven to be a liability.
Andrew Bogut, C 28 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +12Andrew Bogut had another Andrew Bogut night: limited points, a lot of rebounds, stout defense and multiple blocks. Mark Jackson has opted to go small in later quarters for offense and it’s time for this to change. The Warriors best lineup consists of Curry-Thompson-Iguodala-Green-Bogut, which hasn’t seen but a handful of minutes this season. It’s a shame we don’t see it more, especially on Friday night, when Harrison Barnes wasn’t doing much of anything on offense and getting worked by Dion Waiters on the defensive end. When Bogut isn’t on the floor teams attack the paint immediately. With Spencer Hawes stretching the floor for the Cavs, Bogut’s presence wasn’t felt as much, but the Cavs also hit some tough shots. This game was on the offense.
Stephen Curry, PG 36 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 27 PTS | +3Curry was the only Warrior who showed any signs of life or consistency on the offensive end. Masked in the Cavs 87-62 run between the second and fourth quarters was an efficient night from Curry. The problem wasn’t on that end, but on the defensive end as he struggled with Kyrie Irving. Klay Thompson was missed, especially in the latter quarters when the Cavs backcourt (Irving-Jack-Waiters) combined to shoot 18/31 in the final three quarters. Thompson would’ve been on Irving, which would’ve surely slowed him down and allowed Curry to “hide” on Jack. There’s no guarantee that a victory would’ve come, but when you’re second best perimeter defender is missing and the opposing backcourt was one of two reasons why they came back to win — the other being Spencer Hawes — the difference is clear. He was getting hounded for most of the night and passed out of doubles, hoping teammates would deliver. A nice game statistically from Curry, who simply didn’t have the help on the offensive end after Q1.

Quote of the game:

It felt great. Like I said earlier before the game, we came here with a goal in mind. Obviously I had some other things I had to address, but that was just personal. As far as the team goes, my job was to make sure each individual was ready to play. It didn’t look like that early on but we weathered the storm and were able to withstand their runs and got a much needed win tonight. — Jarrett Jack

Looking ahead: The Warriors now wrap up their week with an important matchup against the 5th seed Portland Trailblazers on Sunday. Next week the Warriors welcome the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. They finish their week on Saturday in San Antonio.

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