clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Preview: Warriors seek vengeance against Cavaliers in Chase Center

Cleveland knocked off the Dubs in The Land, now it’s time to take it to the Bay.

Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Lauren Leigh Bacho/NBAE via Getty Images

This is a big home game for the Golden State Warriors today as they face the Cleveland Cavaliers in a rematch from an earlier season contest where the Cavs prevailed.

The Warriors do not like to lose to Cleveland after building their dynasty by overcoming the LeBron James-era of The Land. And the Dubs definitely don’t like losing at home in front of Dub Nation. This atmosphere should be electric in San Francisco!

Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers

November 11th, 2023 | 5:30 PM PT

Watch: NBC Sports Bay Area, Bally Sports Ohio

Listen: 95.7 The Game

Legendary Bay Area Warriors authority Monte Poole penned this clear review of Golden State’s struggles to get through Cleveland’s trees in their meeting earlier this season:

Confronting a brigade of defenders with wingspans between 6-foot-10 (Donovan Mitchell, Georges Niang, Caris LeVert, Dean Wade) and 7-foot-6 (Jarrett Allen), the Warriors shot 36.2 percent from the field in a 115-104 loss to the Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

Perhaps the only statistic more discouraging for Golden State than its 18-of-53 (34.0 percent) shooting inside the arc was missing 20 of 32 (37.5 percent) in the paint against a team that, to be sure, is a brutal matchup.

Size mattered.

Size size size! Hmmm, is tall ball the true antidote to small ball?

Our very own Joe Viray had these observations after the loss about the missed shots turning into easy transition opportunities for the Cavaliers:

Perhaps the most important one of all: The Warriors’ offense sputtered. They themselves didn’t get much efficiency in the half-court: 85.4 points per 100 half-court possessions. While they shot a respectable 16-of-41 (39.0%) from beyond the arc, they scuffled from two-point range: 18-of-53 (34.0%). They were an overall 44.7% on effective field-goal shooting. It doesn’t require nuanced analysis to conclude that more misses equals more opportunities for the other team to run the break and less chances for the Warriors to set their half-court defense.

“It never felt like our offense helped our defense or vice versa,” Steve Kerr said after the game. “We weren’t getting stops. We were taking quick shots, lot of bad possessions. We didn’t turn it over much, but we didn’t have good flow to our offense.”

The Dubs will need to find a way to generate offense through the thicket of height and length that Cleveland possesses. Fortunately the team does possess Stephen Curry, who a year ago today lit the Cavs up for 40 points.

11/11, make a wish!


Who ya got, Warriors or Cavs?

This poll is closed

  • 88%
    Warriors, there’s no way they are losing to Cleveland at home
    (76 votes)
  • 11%
    The Cavs have the formula and they’ll win
    (10 votes)
86 votes total Vote Now

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Golden State of Mind Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Golden State Warriors news from Golden State of Mind