The Golden State Warriors have officially taken a 2-0 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. It won Game 1 by a score of 113-91 and Game 2 by a score of 132-113. Despite the Warriors similar margin of victory in Games 1 and 2, it won each game differently. Here’s how each was won:
Game 1 is typically a feel-out game in NBA playoff series. Teams try to find out how its’ opponent will defend them, what lineups a team will use at what times, etc. The Warriors got off to a hot start in Game 1 as it put up 35 points in the first quarter, which put it on pace for a whopping 140 for the game. Obviously, it didn’t reach that mark but it felt like the Warriors were going to at times.
The Warriors won Game 1 with superb passing and attention to detail. For the game, it dished out 31 assists and registered just four turnovers. That’s tough to beat.
The Warriors won Game 1 despite not shooting all that well. But, that attention to detail rendered their poor shooting irrelevant.
The Warriors won Game 2 with superb shot-making. While it went away from its’ Game 1 method of protecting the ball (obviously by accident), it made up for it with absurd shooting percentages. As a team, the Warriors joined the 50-40-90 club. The team shot 51.7 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three, and 91.7 percent from the free throw line. Any time a team does that, it’s usually a wrap.
The Warriors have shown through two games that it possesses the ability to win in a myriad of ways. It can win with wizard-like passing, minimizing mistakes, superb shooting, or all of the above.
The Warriors now sit firmly in the driver’s seat of the NBA Finals. But, it doesn’t want to get complacent. The last time it did that, it didn’t end well.