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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Small Ball, Big Numbers

06/16/2015 06:52:24 PM

After a standoff at 2-2, nothing goes more solid than earning a Game 5 victory, considering a lot of teams in the finals that hold a 3-2 edge won an NBA Finals series.

And just like last Sunday evening in Bay Area, Golden State owned everything – even if they lost the handling at some parts of this ball game.

I'll say the Warriors had done a great job of checking the Cavaliers at the defensive end.

LeBron James still managed to produce awesome numbers with a triple-double in a losing effort. But other than him, only three players scored in double figures, as opposed to the five men from Golden State.

The problem seems looming when it comes to rotation. Imagine them playing only seven men. And Timofey Mozgov, after a career-night, had nothing but a field goal miss, a steal, two errors and two personal fouls. And for only nine minutes of exposure.

Perhaps, David Blatt matches Steve Kerr's “small ball” pace considering GSW had the momentum and the floor coming into the Game 5. But certainly, with more member in the GSW lineup? Nah, CLE's presence definitely took its toll. The problem with this set-up is that if they can't beat them, sorry!

And again, just like any other game, the final quarter belonged to Golden State—with Stephen Curry pouting 17 of his 37 points. Say, that's nearly half of his overall output.

The result is a 13-point victory. And with Game 6 at Cleveland, the qestion, can the Cavs stop the run and force a sudden-death? Or will the Warriors prolong their agony and end a four-decade championship drought—something they last won with the likes of Rick Barry manning the team.

Well, that remains to be seen until Tuesday evening.

Say, last Sunday's game even outclassed another professional sport event called WWE Money in the Bank. Well, the ratings played well and the series reached an 11.6 average, the best since the Pistons-Lakers Game 5 in 2004.

Plus, 20.5 million viewers stay glued to ESPN for the said contest, a 15 percent increase compared to 17.9M watchers during the Heat-Spurs rivalry.

Author: slickmaster | ©2015 september twenty-eighjt productions

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