Another Friday of work saw me once again catch the Warriors game via the company iPad during business hours. This time I was in the car (no wasps) and with the iPad screen facing down, I had to experience the entire second and third quarters via ‘volume only’ League Pass while driving. I had no desire to pile-drive myself into oncoming traffic and well, I had to work and be places and stuff.
Stop judging, it was safe.
It didn’t look good from the start though as the Warriors looked rushed from the opening tip and heavily reliant on having a big night from downtown. Needless to say these Warriors can LIGHT IT UP from downtown but when that’s not working, they need that Plan B. From the very beginning, it didn’t look to me like anyone was really keen on Plan B. Pull up threes in transition, needle-threading passes, hurried offense… Hmmm.
Oh and that LeBron James guy was in a groove from the get-go.
Suffice to say, there were some early danger signs.
Side note: If there’s one thing I can say about my viewing/listening experience, it’s that Chris Webber and Marv Albert called a pretty decent game. So much so that I didn’t need to see the action they were calling to understand what was happening. Sometimes broadcasters can be so bland that they rely on your undivided visual attention, merely filling the gaps with weak play calling. Not Marv and Chris on this occasion, they painted a great picture that I would’ve been happy with from a radio broadcast. Anyway, not everyone agrees with me.
@PeterVecsey1 His utter contempt for the English language continues. Prepositions are his new nemesis. Replacing the timeout.
— jay (@gamesetmatch5) February 27, 2015
I mean, really? Was it really that bad? I have deliberately avoided looking up what “Jay” and Vecsey had to say during the following game, which was Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix and featuring “broadcaster” Reggie Miller.
Back to the game.
In the first quarter it was obvious that the Cavaliers were giving nothing to the Warriors on defense. They had made a concerted effort to get over screens, get out to shooters and most prominently not allow anything easy at all inside. If the Dubs were to win on this night, it was going to take a “splash brother” or two.
That didn’t happen either.
The Cavs dominated the Warriors 58-45 over the course of Q2 and Q3, which ultimately proved to be the difference. Once Cleveland established the double-digit lead, Golden State never got it back under seven points.
Cleveland took this one 110-99 and got to claim a little slice of revenge for the Warriors’ win on January 9 in Oakland. LeBron James, who didn’t play in that previous contest, accumulated quite the stat line.
42 Pts, 11 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk.
Yeah, he was practically unstoppable.
In the spirit of positivity however, let’s not dwell on what is only the 11th loss of the season for the mighty Warriors. Let’s take a look at a few highlights, with thanks to our good friend, the Internet.
Iggy had some nice moments:
Dray got loose on the drive…
Thompson swiped left on a couple of Cavalier shots…
The game itself was somewhat marred by some pretty average officiating. More so if you’re a Warriors fan but at one stage even Cavalier fans had to wonder if they’d secretly won yet another NBA lottery.
Steve Kerr couldn’t give a shit about lotteries and proceeded to go full mental on the sidelines, even ditching the jacket at one point.
Good times all ’round.
When Steph Curry was asked about the officiating after the game, he replied very diplomatically… or something.
Stephen Curry on the officiating: "We felt like the calls didn’t go our way and it was pretty blatant.”
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 27, 2015
The Warriors face the Toronto Raptors next at Air Canada Centre. The only cool thing about that proposition is that I get to spell “Centre” properly, instead of having to type “Center” all the time. But whatever, potato tomato and all that good stuff.
Go Dubs! Let’s tear the neck off of a dinosaur tomorrow!