The Cavs struggled to produce points when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn’t touch the ball, and both of Cleveland’s top offensive threats had poor performances by their high standards. It will take an all-around better effort if the Cavs want to avoid falling into a dreaded 0-2 hole.
So what happens in Game 2? Here are a few important factors that may end up deciding Sunday night’s game.
Cleveland simply can’t turn the ball over 20 times and expect to stay with this Warriors team. James finished with eight turnovers himself, seven of which came in the first half.
Sometimes the tactic of shading more toward Curry more than anyone else on the Warriors works for the defense. Curry converted 41.1 percent of his 3-point attempts in the regular season and led the NBA in 3-pointers made for the fifth consecutive season. It’s no surprise that trying to limit his open looks from the perimeter is a priority for the Cavaliers since his ability to make 3-pointers in volume can change any game in a hurry.
Just look at what happened in the second half of Game 2, when Curry’s four 3-pointers in the third quarter helped the Warriors outscore the Cavaliers by 13 points. However, when the Warriors have an advantage in transition with Durant pushing the pace, the decision can be the difference between the Cavaliers giving up a shot they make 40 percent of the time and one they make basically 100 percent of the time.