The Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavalier are set to clash again in Game 4 on Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers managed to bounce back in Game 3 giving them their first win in the best-of-seven series. Now that the Cavaliers mastered the fast-paced offense, will coach Steve Kerr turns to ‘Death Lineup’ in Game 4?
Recalling after the Cavaliers’ Game 1 loss, coach Tyronn Lue decided to shift the team especially LeBron James to a faster offense to break the Warriors’ strict defense. The strategy seemed to be ineffective in Game 2 but the Cavaliers still do the same in Game 3 giving them their first victory.
Despite not having Kevin Love due to head injury, the Cavaliers established a better performance on both ends. Several sports analysts and enthusiasts said that the absence of Love in Game 3 helped the Cavaliers in some way. Richard Jefferson, who started in Love’s place, managed to give more intense defense on the Golden State Warriors and seemed to be more effective on coach Tyronn Lue’s system.
There are speculations that Steve Kerr might use his popular ‘Death Lineup’ in order to match the Cavaliers’ offensive strategy. However, Kerr stated that they don’t need to change the way they play.
“We didn’t feel like we had to match what they were doing [at the start of the second half] because of their change in their starting lineup,” he said after Game 3. “We can always make a quick substitution. So, I don’t think that had anything to do with losing the game. It wasn’t lineups. It wasn’t substitution patterns. We just got our tail kicked.”
What affected the Game 3 performance of the Golden State Warriors is the limited production of the Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. The two Warriors star only scored 29 points combined which were very different from their 60-80 points usual combined scoring.
Despite the Game 3 loss, the Golden State Warriors are still leading the series, 2-1. Game 4 of their best-of-seven series will be on Friday night at the Quicken Loans Arena. There is no confirmation on Kevin Love’s return, but it seemed like the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready with or without him in Game 4.
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