CLEVELAND, Ohio – The days of glory are over. There are no more NBA Finals games between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. All that’s left is the banners hanging high above the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and a few celebrities on each side.
Yet these old rivals, who gather in Cleveland, still make a noticeable noise – even on the second night in the back, near the end of the regular season and in mid-April.
The Cavs were not a match for the rising Warriors, losing 1
Thursday was the biggest – and busiest – crowd of the season. Sale of 4,148 during a pandemic. Most took root in the home team, which was marked by a mockery of “Draymond Green sucks” by a Cleveland fanatic in section 103 or an early game against Stephen Curry. But there was also a healthy amount of Golden State weapons scattered, with the growl and roar of old buckets of curry and green pennies.
Behind the finally healthy starting lineup, the Cavs started strong. They won the first quarter, 31-28, and Carrie was bottled. But the Warriors took their first lead in Kevon Looney’s immersion game at 10:40 a.m. in the second quarter and never gave up. The Cavs foul became a stalemate for long stretches and there were a few too many mistakes at both ends.
Cleveland approached late in the third, reducing the lead to four and bringing the crowd back. But Curry silenced the Clevelanders and set Dub Nation on fire, walking into enemy territory, continuing with an 8-2 excitement and pushing the Warriors forward with 10, heading for the fourth. Appropriately, Curry closed the show.
“I thought we did some really good things to reduce the lead and be in the game, but I thought we had expensive turnovers,” said Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff. “We were going to finish possession, we threw the ball and they were going to come out with 3. With these two guys who have so much experience, they’re just too deadly. And then the other guys, give them a lot of credit, they played their role of T. They let Draymond and Steph organize the game and then they know where to be in their seats and they took pictures to get you to pay. ”
After Curry scored just six points in a cool first quarter, the league’s second-leading scorer finished 33rd, 12-out-25 on the field, including 4-on-13 in a 3-point range. This is the ninth consecutive game that Curry scored 30 points or more. The Warriors have won four in a row.
“It’s amazing the way he can play. He has literally everything, from half a court to a starting level, that he can score, “said Jarrett Allen after the loss. “Obviously he’s an amazing 3-point shooter and our schemes are trying to take away his 3, but at the same time he can finish around the rim amazingly, he can break defenses just as well and end up on the edge. So it’s really hard to play all five levels of the defense scheme. “
Colin Sexton, who missed two consecutive games with a groin injury, made up for lost time. Looking healthy and fresh, Sexton scored 30 points on the team. Darius Garland added 20 points and seven assists. Alan recorded a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Kevin Love, playing in the second game from behind, looked sluggish and out of rhythm. He scored just five points in a 2 out of 10 shot.
“It’s hard for him because the game is shaking,” Bickerstaff said of Love. “You’re trying to figure out how to handle about 24 minutes. His game is difficult because the longer he is on the floor, the more things happen to him, the easier it is to catch the rhythm. It’s up to me to figure out how to make it easier. “
A lone visit to Golden State on Thursday night created a lot of excitement. There were some flashbacks. Matthew Delavevedova lifts Curry to a full yard, harassing the Star of the Warriors. Curry shines on the floor after one of his four threes. A definite green immersion met with a combination of cheers and ridicule.
Unlike the four-year section, which began in 2015, there is no summer rematch ahead.
Strength in numbers
The Cleveland bench provided only six points of support in the first half. While Taurean Prince and Larry Nance Jr. bounced back in the second half, the Warriors’ reserves ended the game with 45-23 goals. Juan Toscano-Anderson led the way to Golden State, scoring the best 20 points of his career in an 8 out of 9 shooting. Prince finished with 12 points, the seventh consecutive game reached double digits.
The Cavs will embark on a two-way trip that begins in Chicago on Saturday night. Tipoff vs. Bulls is set for 8 p.m.
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