Have the Dubs haters run out of reasons to pull down the Warriors’ success? With all the talks that Golden State was lucky for facing an injury depleted Cavaliers’ – the Warriors took it personally and gave the Irving + Love powered Cavs a run for their money with an 89-83 win in their own backyard.
This was an unlikely character for the Warriors as they played the defensive game and seldom you see them score below 90 points.
”It’s good to have one of those every so often,” guard Stephen Curry said through Associated Press.
”If our defense shows up, we’re in pretty good shape to win games. We just show our versatility and try to win different ways.”
Sitting in an uncomfortable style, the Dubs interim head coach sees that this win is just more than the rematch of the NBA Finals but instead, a practice for them against highly defensive teams and beating them in their own game.
”It’s good to practice and get experience in that type of game as well where it’s low scoring, getting stops, knocking down free throws and executing in the half court,” said interim coach Luke Walton who is currently replacing Steve Kerr. ”It’s great experience for us.”
Draymond Green leads all Warrior scorers with 22 points while grabbing 15 rebounds and blocking 2 shots. Stephen Curry had 19 points to go with 11 dimes while Klay Thompson added 18 points.
LeBron James lead the Cavaliers’ attach with 25 points and 9 rebounds and while the returning Kyrie Irving had 13 points. Kevin Love, who was absent during the 2015 NBA Finals, had 10 points and 18 rebounds.
Even with the 25-point performance, James can’t help but notice that he shot 10-26 from the field while his teammates did not pick up the slack.
”We gave ourselves a chance,” James said. ”If we play like that defensively, we’re going to be a very tough team to beat. Offensively, we just didn’t have it. No one had it.”
”It’s one of those nights,” Love said. ”I don’t know if you’ll ever see Kyrie and myself go 0 for 11 from 3 again.”