The Golden State Warriors are just two wins away from being crowned back-to-back NBA Champions after a lackluster Cavaliers team got blown out by 33 points on Sunday night.
In the first two games, the Warriors bench has come out with high-quality productivity and have outshined the Cavs starters. In game 1, Shaun Livingston put up 20 points (8-10), coincidentally the combined point total of Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. Contributing as well, Leandro Barbosa with 11 points (5-5) following it up with 10 points (5-7) in Game 2. To really rub salt in the wounds, the Warriors bench (40 points) nearly equaled the total of the Cavs starters (47 points). Quite incredible when considering the proven scorers on the team. Especially, the talents of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the undisputed leaders of this Cavs team.
The strong play of the Warriors bench has been one of the stories to follow in the 2016 NBA Finals. Whether you root for the team or not, it is hard to argue that they have the best team in basketball at this point in time. Last year’s Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala has had himself a fine series as well, particularly on the defensive end, making LeBron James work for his shots. Let’s not forget, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry have not totally dominated neither of the first two games. Although, both did significantly improve in Game 2, 17 and 18 points respectively, from their off night in Game 1.
Wednesday night will give the Warriors bench another opportunity to continue their excellent play as well as attempt to give the team a decisive 3-0 series lead. The defending champions have had someone different step up in the first two games, Shaun Livingston in Game 1 and Draymond Green with 28 points (11-20) in game 2.
Will it be the superstar duo’s turn to step up and drive the team to victory on the road? We will have to wait and see, but it is hard to imagine Thompson and Curry not having a big game at one point in this series, as we have all accustomed to seeing.