NBA 2015 Finals – Game 1 Recap, Game 2 Outlook

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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The X-Factor:

Andre Iguodala: Sure he filled up the stat sheet with 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and hit 2 of his three point shot attempts. And many credited his lock down defense (especially in overtime) on LeBron James, but the real reason he deserves the award for the x-factor in Game 1 was how he settled the troops once Cleveland got out to a 14 point lead.

If you’ve watched the Golden State Warriors much this season there is one guaranteed fact you can rely on in games where the Warriors either don’t get out to a strong start or aren’t hitting from the field: Steve Kerr trots out Andre Iguodala because he is the calming influence for GSW. He never gets too high or too low and always makes the right defensive play while communicating on the defensive end. Trust me, go back and review games the Warriors overcame a deficit and you’ll find Iggy is a key factor in virtually every comeback.

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