You should have seen this coming! “Back” after an overtime loss the day before in Boston Warriors appeared in ClevelandThe final leg of a five-game road trip before returning to California Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins and Draymond Greenwas allowed to rest.
Meets a priori Riders “only” deprived Donovan Mitchellwe could thus expect a one-sided match in favor of the locals against the defending champions, who host Brooklyn in San Francisco on Sunday night.
However, Steve Kerr’s (young) men managed to spring a surprise at Ohio State, presenting themselves in style under the impetus of one style in particular. Jordan Poole Convincing in the center of the attack (32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists), they simply dominated the overall score at the end of the game (the Cavaliers scored only twice). Cavaliers, thanks to the “run” in the last part, returned to two balls in the “money-tie” (114-110 two minutes after the end), but then they kept the hope of “running away” for a short time. “catch”.
It was not far to look for the key to the match: “The Dubs” built their success in attack, paradoxically, without managers. The young Warriors opted for a no-holds-barred, essentially easy-trigger strategy, and it paid off: 23/43 big, especially from behind the arc (including 5 for Jordan Poole, 4 for 4). Anthony Lamb and for 3 Ty Jerome and Donte DiVincenzo) or 54% success in this exercise!
Far from challenging (shooting 50%, including 42% from behind the arc), the Cavaliers were simply overwhelmed by their opponents’ outside address, which disgusted them. These two are reported as technical faults Raul Neto and JB Bickerstaff were upset by refereeing decisions in the third quarter, when things were going well for the Warriors.
This matchup was simply a “sniff” and that’s obviously a very good run by the defending champions, who tied their record for as many losses with 23 wins.
WHAT TO REMEMBER
– Kevon Looney, the icon of these gritty Warriors. The only regular in between, the Warriors center, was probably the MVP of this matchup. Because if Jordan Poole spent the match in the light feeding the attack, Kevon Looney spent it in the shadows, shining in thankless but very important positions. Especially grabbing 17 rebounds in the paint, 6 offensive rebounds. Almost as many as the entire Cleveland team, who only grabbed 10 offensive rebounds. Thanks to his efforts, his teammates were able to take advantage of many second chances, especially many open shots behind the arc when Cleveland’s defense had no time to recover, and the Loon was especially quick to peel off. If the Warriors’ exteriors have hit 23 prize-winning shots, Kevon Looney has a lot to do with his hitting on the racket.
– A glimpse into the future. Without Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Draymond Green, this match gave an impressive glimpse of what the future of the Warriors would be like in a few years, when these “Big Three” will hang up their “sneakers”. The center of the future was around Jordan Poole, the first option in the attack without veterans, but also Jonathan Kuminga, valuable with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists, and some useful “role players” who could eventually settle in the Warriors, such as Donte DiVincenzo (17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assist and 4 steals), or Ty Jerome (22 points and 8 assists) and Anthony Lamb (12 points and 2 assists). But above all, more broadly, the future will revolve around Steve Kerr and his polished offensive system that, when executed well, can unlock any opposing defense regardless of the lineup on the floor.
✅ Jordan Poole. We knew JP would be the center of the offense without the Big Three, but Cleveland’s second-best defense in the league (110.2 points allowed per 100 possessions) was still a big problem on paper. . Forty-eight minutes later: the fight is certainly successful for the will of the defending champions. Always a bit too greedy and sometimes hasty (10/23 and 5 turnovers), Jordan Poole still featured well, scoring 32 points (3-pointers, 7 from 5/12) at the heart of his team’s attacking phases. /8 in free throws).
✅⛔️ Darius Garland. Without Donovan Mitchell, the Cavaliers point guard was single-handedly running his team’s offense. As usual, he came out of it unscathed, scoring 31 points and nine assists. But due to the high volume of play with the leather in hand, he nevertheless lost 4 possessions and was not very efficient (10/25, including 3/11 from distance).
⛔️ Jarrett Allen. Disappointing performance from the Cleveland pivot, very timid in the face of a not-very-vertical Warriors racket. Leather was used fairly sparingly when it came off Darius Garland, who didn’t really weigh in offensively (8 points on 7 shots) and especially struggled on the rebound against Kevon Looney, who vacuumed up both sides of the court on the racquet. he finished the match with 9 more shots than him.
– Riders (28-19): “back” against the Bucks (01:30).
– Warriors (23-23): reception of networks, from Sunday to Monday night (02:30).