The Cavs-Warriors game was so good, there’s still plenty more to talk about. Golden State let a 14-point, fourth quarter lead slip away and the Cavs walked away with a stunning 109-108 victory in Quicken Loans Arena.
On “Warriors WrapUp,” the postgame show on 95.7-FM The Game, we talked about a lot of aspects with a lively call-in crowd. I also taped a Sal and Steiny podcast, which has plenty of discussion on the game.
Let’s get into it …
I know it’s not all together rational and sound but I do like the idea of an offensive pecking order … that is a late-game offensive option that for the most part is agreed upon. It’s not unusual for two superstars having to figure that out, but throw in a bona-fide third scorer and it gets more challenging.
Who’s your go-to guy, in other words? For the past few seasons, that player has been Stephen Curry, no question about it. If Curry weren’t taking big shots, he was making something happen for someone else’s big shot. But who is it now? That’s obviously something Steve Kerr and the Warriors are trying to figure out.
On the ABC broadcast, the crew was talking about how Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson were all averaging about the same amount of shots per game — and how remarkable and positive that was. I don’t necessarily agree, nor do I necessarily see it as a good thing. I’d prefer to have things a little more sorted out when it’s late in a game. Nothing etched in stone, mind you, but certainly a general idea.
Also, if you’re someone who wants to know why the Warriors have to do something in isolation or why they have to run a play rather than play their normal passing-game offense, I’ll refer you to their shot-clock violation inside 30 seconds. When you absolutely need a bucket, but also have to run some clock, sometimes the player who gets it late/last is in a really tough spot.
–Curry wasn’t pleased that he took only 11 shots on Sunday, though he made sure his displeasure wasn’t aimed at anyone in particular.
“Honestly, I can’t have 11 shots,” Curry told Marcus Thompson II of Bay Area News Group. “I’ve got to get more looks at the rim. That’s nobody’s fault. I’ve just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive in that respect. And keep the defense honest and use all the talent we have on this team, including my scoring ability.”
That comment is likely going to be analyzed and scrutinized for the next couple of days. My initial thought was that it’s unusual for a two-time MVP to say he’s not able to get enough shots. That’s one thing MVP’s can do, or are supposed to be able to do — get shots if need be.
But it’s not that easy when you’ve just acquired Durant, a four-time scoring champ. And you’re already sitting with a player who once scored 37 points in a quarter and another time scored 60 points in 29 minutes.
Curry’s also supposed to be the team’s point guard, too, which means part of his responsibilities are to make sure he gets teammates involved. Curry’s trying to walk a fine line, that seems apparent. But if it’s shots he wants, it’s shots he can get.
–Zaza Pachulia is getting too much heat from fans, at least the ones I heard from. What are you expecting from him exactly? He’s the same kind of player this year he’s been for his career, and it’s been good enough for him to play in the league for a little while now.
It’s obviously got something to do with JaVale McGee, who has quickly become a fan favorite. McGee’s been pretty good, better than expected recently. But he wasn’t a factor at all against Cleveland.