Cavaliers-Warriors Game 7: Top 4 things to watch
Game 7: Top 4 things to watch
Here are four things to watch when the Warriors meet the Cavaliers Sunday in Game 7 of the NBA Finals in Oakland.
Though Steph Curry surely is playing through aches and pains, he has shown glimpses of magnificence. He welcomes the pressure of Game 7, saying Saturday that he needs “to play the best game of the year, if not my career.” Remember the fury he exhibited when he fouled out of Game 6? That was his inner “dawg” being unleashed. The baby-faced assassin needs to be lethal.
So remorseless and resilient this season, the Warriors were strangely languid in Games 5 and 6. Firebrand Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5, but he did not bring his usual fighting spirit to Game 6. The Warriors need to remember some of their epic triumphs, of which there were many, most recently being Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. Can Andre Iguodala (back spasms) be at his aggressive best? Effort cannot be an issue, and if it is they have no one to blame but themselves.
Rebounding has been a theme throughout this series, with Cavs big man Tristan Thompson generally outworking a succession Warriors big men. Thompson often has been the antidote to good Warriors defenses, gobbling up the missed shots of his teammates to provide them with second and third chances. The Warriors will have to counter this by keeping a body on Thompson and attacking the glass as a team.
Though the Warriors led the league in 3-point accuracy, those numbers have dropped in this series, sometimes because of the Cleveland defense but more often simply a result of missing open shots. They’ll have to keep shooting them, as Klay Thompson and Curry surely will. Ice-cold Harrison Barnes, in particular, must show up and punish the Cavs for disrespectfully treating him as a non-shooter.