‘NBA This Week’: All things Warriors-Cavs; interview with Fred McLeod, Cavs play-by-play, Tim Bontemps, Washington Post

It’s the biggest game of the year and we all saw it coming when the schedule came out: Warriors at Cleveland, Christmas Day. That was obviously the overriding theme to this week’s “NBA This Week” show on 95.7 FM The Game.

Link to Hour 1 of “NBA This Week.”

Link to Hour 2 of “NBA This Week.”

During the show we interviewed Cavs play-by-play voice Fred McLeod and the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps, a frequent contributor. In the McLeod interview we talk Warriors-Cavs; with Bontemps, we talk about that … and bounce around the entire NBA.

Among the other topics:

–The Warriors and Cavs have met in the past two NBA Finals, but this year Kevin Durant enters the mix. And he’ll certainly change the dynamic, that’s for sure.

–One thing about the Cavaliers is you get the sense that they are the only team in the league that thinks it’s better than the Warriors. The Spurs might believe they can beat the Warriors, but I’ll bet you coach Gregg Popovich wouldn’t say his team is superior right now. But Cleveland has a track record against the Warriors. They’ve won the last three games.

–Turnovers can be a bugaboo for the Warriors. And the last NBA Finals, Stephen Curry really struggled with his ballhandling and passing. Curry had 30 turnovers and just 26 assists in the seven-game series, so it’s always worth paying attention to how Curry’s handling the ball.

–We all knew that Russell Westbrook and James Harden were going to put up individual numbers. But not only are they doing that, their teams are winning. That’s what’s most important. Westbrook and Harden’s stats are incredible, off the charts, as they say. But what’s even more impressive is OKC is 18-12 and Houston is 22-9.


About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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