‘NBA This Week’: How big is Monday’s Cavs-Warriors game? Does Cleveland have mental edge? Will Korver be factor? Intriguing week for Warriors with OKC and Houston to follow

It’s Game of the Year, Part II on Monday, when the Cavaliers play the Warriors at Oracle — a Martin Luther King day special. So many aspects to this game, with one of the most intriguing being Cleveland’s four straight victories, dating back to last year’s three straight in the Finals, and whether the Cavs are in the Warriors’ heads.

Do the Cavs have a psychological edge over the Warriors at this point?

On the “NBA This Week” we dissect Monday’s Cavaliers-Warriors game, including the idea that Golden State needs this game more. On Christmas Day, the Warriors blew a 14-point lead with nine minutes to go, losing 109-108, in Cleveland.

We also go back-and-forth, in between and up and down on other aspects such as Kyle Korver’s impact on the game and matchup; which team would be favored in an NBA Finals; J.R. Smith’s race to get back by the postseason; why the Cavs seem to bottle up Stephen Curry; LeBron James and his team’s mindset against Golden State, and tons more.

Below are some links to portions of the “The NBA This Week.” We also had several guests, including Dave McMenamin, who covers the Cavs and NBA for ESPN, Michael Cage, a 15-year veteran and now television analyst for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Calvin Watkins, who covers the Houston Rockets and NBA for ESPN.

In Hour 2 of the “NBA This Week,” Matt Steinmetz and John Dickinson were joined in-studio by Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. Yeah, oh, by the way, the Warriors play Oklahoma City at home on Wednesday and then play at Houston on Friday. So a few big ones these weeks.

Link to Hour 1 of the “NBA This Week.”

Link to interview with Dave McMenamin on the “NBA This Week.”

Link to Hour 2 of the “NBA This Week,” with Tim Bontemps.

Link to interview with Michael Cage on the “NBA This Week.”

Link to Hour 3 of the “NBA This Week.”

Link to interview with Calvin Watkins on the “NBA This Week.”





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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