A lot of bad things happened today, but there's a lot to be excited for Game 7.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are locked in. They both showed their trademark hot streaks today, and as long as they both get off on the right foot on Sunday, they'll perform. After fouling out today and getting ejected, Stephen Curry will come back with domination on his mind.
Draymond Green is back. He didn't play that well today, but his impact is always understated. One of his trademark defensive efforts on Sunday would be beautiful.
- We'll be at home, where the Oracle Arena crowd is as stout as any in the league. Our role players tend to excel there, as well.
Brandon Rush and Leandro Barbosa both showed they can perform in a pinch. In the lulls between Death Lineup minutes, Brandon Rush can defensively hold his worth, and Leandro can make buckets. Rush was a team-high +18!
Here are the things that will need to change:
- The big one: Andre Iguodala has to be healthy. At times today he looked like he could barely move; other times, he looked pretty mobile. If he and Draymond are active and healthy, I have confidence that the Warriors will limit the effectiveness of LeBron James, who they need to keep out of the paint at all costs.
- The Warriors have to stay out of foul trouble. The rotations that had to be altered in the first quarter lost the Dubs this game. Hopefully, this will be easier with another referee crew (please, no Tony Brothers).
- The Warriors simply have to hit shots. Luckily, for guys like Shaun Livingston and Harrison Barnes, it'll be easier to find their rhythms at home.
- The Warriors will have to come out of the gate strong. The games the Warriors have struggled most are those where they fail to find their offense early. Look for offensive sets right off the bat to get guys open looks. If the confidence is there early, it will stay.
The most important thing to remember: the Warriors are at home and have shown that the Death Lineup can destroy the Cavaliers as long as they hit their shots. There's little reason to believe that they'll continue to miss wide open shots for a third consecutive game, at levels drastically under their averages, especially at home. We need the guys to make the shots they normally do!
As fans, please take a step back. Don't fall into traps recency bias and enticing but empty hot takes. Read Nate's piece on what to keep in mind as a basketball fan. Think about if what you're writing is sexist or distastefully provocative.
Over the next three days, you will be bombarded by the hottest of takes. Just remember: it is difficult to win a game without Draymond, and a game at Cleveland, and there's no shame in losing them. At home, with an intact Death Lineup and hopefully The Warriors came out slow in the first quarter, and were never able to make up the deficit, losing 115-101. The play in the last three quarters, however, leave reason for optimism going into game 7. As long as Andre Iguodala is healthy and the Warriors come out focused, chances are good for a Warriors repeat.some average-to-good bench play, the Warriors have the upper hand.
Above all, stay optimistic: this team has been great all year, and has enough in the tank to win it. If so, the takes will vanish into the wind.