Small Ball Is All: Warriors Stretch Thinned-Out Cavs Out Like a Piece of Bubblicious

Spilled thoughts after Game 5 of Golden State-Cleveland.

  • Leandro Barbosa: 13 points in 17 minutes off bench. They used to call him the Blur. Blurbosa!
  • Steph Curry dribbles the basketball like a wizard, goblin, mirage, cookie monster, genius.
  • LeBron James is very good at basketball and it’s not just the numbers. It’s everything.
  • LeBron and Draymond Green are equally awful about complaining to the refs. LeBron just has the ball all the time.
  • ABC/ESPN commentator Mike Breen really has to stop saying, “LeBron thought he was fouled on that one.”
  • I wonder if Breen’s producers are encouraging him to glorify the already mythic LeBron by making every miss a foul.
  • Andrew Bogut played the same amount of minutes as James Michael McAdoo in Game 5: none.
  • Not playing Bogut and starting Andre Iguodala allowed the Warriors to clearly dictate the pace of play in the last two games of the series.
  • Golden State is 15-1 this post-season when collecting 22 or more assists.
  • Matthew Dellavedova was a great story after Game 2. An even bigger story after Game 3.
  • Outside of Ohio and Australia, nobody with a sound mind thought his energy was sustainable.
  • According to ESPN Stats, (via Tom Haberstroh’s Twitter) Dellavedova hit the floor: 8 times in Game 2, 8 times in Game 3, 1 time in Game 4, and 3 times in Game 5. Exhaustion was so severe he was hospitalized after Game 3.
  • He still played great defense against Steph for the first three quarters of Game 5.
  • Dellavedova’s tired legs were apparent in his shooting in Games 4 and 5: 5 of 23 overall, 3 of 14 from deep.
  • Andre Iguodala‘s legs are not tired, in part because he averaged 27 min per game during the regular season, and hadn’t played more than 32 minutes in a playoff game this year before Game 2 of the Finals.
  • Iguodala’s defense on LeBron has been excellent, regardless of Lebron’s numbers. “Making him work” for baskets applies to how Iguodala is impacting LeBron. LeBron’s 4th quarters have been ugly in Games 3, 4 and 5, in large part because of the insane amount of weight he’s been forced to carry without Kyrie, and in part because of Iguodala.
  • Iguodala’s Game 5: 42 min / 5 of 11 / 2 of 5 (deep) / 2 of 11 FT (yikes!) / 14 pts / 8 reb / 7 ast / 0 to / 3 stl.
  • If Cavs coach David Blatt insists on playing small to counter the small ball of the Warriors, he has to lean on creaky Mike Miller (14 minutes in Game 5) or the elderly Shawn Marion (zero minutes in Finals)
  • Blatt’s press conferences are barely tolerable. He is not being asked the brightest questions by the international media members, and his responses show a lack of humility and are dripping with sarcasm and condescension. The man has not earned the gravitas of Popovich, nor does he match the dry wit.
  • Will there be a Game 7?
  • Might depend on how many free-throws LeBron gets in Game 6. Over 20 free-throws? Yes, we will have a Game 7.
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