Warriors-Cavaliers Game 4: Top 4 things to watch
Monte Poole's Top 4 things to watch in Game 4
Warriors Insider Monte Poole is in Cleveland for Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Here are his four biggest things to watch Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena...
The Warriors in Game 3 committed 18 turnovers, leading directly to 34 Cavs points, precisely 28.3 percent of their total. Insofar as nothing chaps the hide of coach Steve Kerr quite like giveaways, it has been a point of emphasis the past two days. Steph Curry is averaging five turnovers – and only 4.3 assists – per game, numbers that must change for the Warriors to keep Cleveland out of transition.
Green through three games leads the Warriors in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. He put his fingerprints all over Game 2 and barely touched Game 3. His mission is to light fires beneath himself and his teammates, and he’ll have to make LeBron James put in a lot of work on the defensive end.
The Warriors lost the rebounding battle by six in Game 1, won it by 12 in Game 2 and lost it by 20 in Game 3. While Cavs big man Tristan Thompson owned the offensive glass in Game 3, contributing to 23 second-chance points, the Warriors failed to get even one second-chance bucket. They don’t need to win the war, but they can’t afford to get destroyed.
RUN, RUN, RUN
Even if Kevin Love is cleared, the Cavs still have a short bench. Only seven players get significant minutes at significant times. The Warriors, by contrast, are comfortable playing nine or 10 and even 11 players. The more they can run, and they should at every opportunity, the better they can use that depth to their advantage.