Behind their exceptional defence the defending champion Golden State Warriors have protected their home court in emphatic style with a game 2 blow out of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Neither team is really clicking offensively thus far, we still haven't had a 20 point game from either Klay Thompson or Steph Curry but the Warriors have won both games by an average of 24 points… This may be stating the obvious but this is bad news if you're a Cavaliers fan.
Cleveland came into the series with the best offence in recent playoff history. The Warriors are holding them to less than 36% from the field and less than 30% from deep. Credit must be given to the Warriors defence which has the ability to switch almost every pick & Roll and the speed to recovery to the shooters after helping on the drive and kicks. Andre Iguodala has led both games in +/- with a ridiculous average of + 26 for his minutes on the floor, while being the primary defender on LeBron James. If this were a best of 3 he'd be back to back finals MVP already but alas there are still most likely 2 games to go. Anything can happen right?...
In last years finals Cleveland were without Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving, that's a lot of fire power to be missing when facing a historically great team. The Cavs still made it a compelling series by surrounding LeBron with the best defensive team they could muster and letting him shoot 40 times a game. They crashed the glass and got back on defence and controlled the pace until Kerr took Bogut out of his rotation and sped up the game to a point that Cleveland just couldn't match. This time around the Cavs have come in full strength and tried to fight fire with fire, and to the surprise of very few they are failing... Miserably.
A lot of analysts made the comment last year that the injuries to Kevin Love & Kyrie Irving were blessings in disguise, both ARE noted for their defence as being terrible, or in the case of Kyrie Irving non existent. Neither one handle the pick & roll well at all, and both have below average defensive awareness. Kyrie basically lets his man blow straight by him 90% of the time, and to make matters worse there is no rim protection for the Cavs with Timmofey Mozgov out of the rotation. Even with these two key players having major flaws on one side of the court the Cavs were good enough to basically waltz through the East, and they might have been good enough to win a championship if they weren't playing against the monster that is this Golden State Warriors team.
We focus so much on the 73 wins, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson's shooting, Draymond Greens versatility & the depth and options this team possess that we overlook the facet of the game that makes them truly unbeatable… Their Defence. When they are engaged and locked in there is no team right now that can beat them. The Cavs came into this series averaging 110 PPG, shooting historic numbers from the field and from deep, they had a lot of believers, myself included. But in the two games played Cleveland are averaging just 84 PPG and the Warriors have an answer for every adjustment Ty Lue has thrown at them so far. Golden State are just two wins away from becoming the greatest Basketball team we have ever seen.