NBA 2015 Finals – Game 1 Recap, Game 2 Outlook

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jun 4, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) react during overtime against the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Notable Stats:

While Golden State got out to a slow uneven start having difficulty finding the net they made up for it once the bench vets calmed the team.

In the first quarter the stats tell the story as Golden State shot 27% from the field, had a minus -9 three point differential and were out rebounded by 8.  Over the rest of the game the Warriors shot 50%, were plus +12 from in three point differential and out rebounded the Cavs by 11.

Looking at the entire game Golden State bested Cleveland in almost every key category:

Golden State:

Rebounds: plus +3 (48 total)

Assists: plus +5 (24)

Fast Break Points: plus +6 (14)

Field Goal Percent: plus +8% (37%)

Three Point Percent: plus 2.8% (44.3%)


Golden State completely dominated this stat out scoring Cleveland 34-9

The Cavaliers bench scored just 9 points all by J.R. Smith and all in the first half. With the loss of Irving he’ll need to do a lot more  if Cleveland wants a chance at contending. The fact no other bench player scored is concerning, but moving toward Game 2 it will be interesting to see who coach Blatt utilizes off the bench.

To wit, Matthew Dellavedova will now start in place of Irving and you would have to think Blatt will need to use more bodies off the bench with this move. The only other players who saw minutes on the court in Game 1 were Smith and James Jones.

The issue however becomes who will Blatt utilize given the array of vets on his bench (4 of 5 are vets): 2 centers: Brendan Haywood and Kendrick Perkins and  3 shooting guards: Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and Joe Harris.

Next: Adjustments For Game 2