Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6: Top 4 things to watch
Monte Poole's Top 4 things to watch in Game 6
Warriors Insider Monte Poole is in Cleveland for Game 6. Here are his Top 4 things to watch Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena...
NUMBERS AT THE POINT
It has been a great battle of point guards, Steph Curry of the Warriors and Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers. Irving is winning the battle. He’s scoring better, shooting a higher percentage, committing fewer turnovers and has 12 steals to Curry’s four. Keep in eye on their plus-minus numbers. The winner of that battle in each of the first five games has emerged victorious.
The Warriors already were at a rebounding disadvantage, and that gap is wider with center Andrew Bogut sidelined with a knee injury. The return of their best rebounder, Draymond Green, after a one-game suspension, should help. Coach Steve Kerr implies he’ll use all of his traditional big men, if necessary, to help on the glass. That won’t be enough. The Warriors will have to rebound as a unit.
The best thing the Warriors can do to help themselves is, from the opening tip, exceed the intensity of the Cavs. It begins with defense, being aggressive without fouling and generating opportunities for transition offense. The champs have done this brilliantly at times, poorly at other times – such as Game 5 in Oakland. Doing so effectively in Game 6 could quiet the crowd and, moreover, might shake the Cavs.
The phrase often used by members of the coaching staff is “value possessions.” That’s code for “we hate turnovers.” The team allowing the fewest points off turnovers in the five games has won every time. The Warriors learned a harsh lesson Game 5, when careless passes too often turned into easy Cleveland points. Did they take that lesson to heart?