After a dominating win in game one, the Warriors are looking to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the NBA Finals against their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The 113-91 beatdown in game one showed that the Warriors can beat anyone when they bring their A game. The Cleveland Cavaliers will make adjustments heading into game two, so it’s unlikely that they will have another horrid performance. The Warriors will need to be ready for a competitive game. Here are five necessary components of a Warriors game two victory.
1. Cavaliers turnover basketball
The Warriors were able to defeat the Cavaliers largely due to the turnover differential in game one. The Warriors won the turnover battle 20-4, which allowed them to run their deadly fast break offense.
Cleveland had issues on the defensive end of the floor. There were numerous times that the Warriors were able to turn steals into uncontested dunks on the other end. The Cavaliers can limit these fast break opportunities by taking care of the basketball. The main catalyst for this turnover problem was LeBron James.
King James is the best basketball player on the floor, but didn’t play like it in game one. He was responsible for 8 of Cleveland’s 20 turnovers. He’ll need to do a better job of finding his open teammates and not passing into the Warriors’ defensive rotations.
Golden State did a good job of studying James’ tendencies and rotating to cover the open Cavalier. LeBron made multiple mistakes passing into these rotations, which cost them numerous points on the other end. LeBron wasn’t the only turnover prone Cavalier, but he’s Cleveland’s leader and primary distributor. If the Warriors turn LeBron into a turnover machine, they’ll win again in convincing fashion.