Ralph Lawler, famous Los Angeles Clippers announcer, once observed that the first team to score 100 points will most likely win. While it was only an observation at the time, since the 1996-1997 season Lawler’s Law has been correct almost 94% of the time. When both teams end up scoring 100 points, Lawler’s Law is only accurate 84.5% of the time. The reason why this is relevant to this years NBA finals is that the Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to score 100 points or more in this year’s NBA Finals. In fact, in the past ten games against the Warriors, the Cavs have failed to score 100 points while the Warriors scored have 100 points or more 7 times in the their past 10 meetings.
The picture in this article perfectly sums up everything that happened Sunday night.
We thought that the Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Warriors in Game One of the NBA Finals was an embarrassment; heck, the team only scored 10 bench points. But Sunday night's loss was even worse. Even with Kevin Love leaving in the third quarter, the Cavs refused to play power forward and sharpshooter Channing Frye. Frye saw less than 4 minutes of action and only attempted one shot. The Warriors took and made 10 more threes than the Cavs, which is essentially the difference in the final score.
Draymond Green for the Warriors had an impressive 18 points in the first half. The Cleveland Cavaliers, a team which made 25 three’s in one game this postseason, only made 5 total threes which matched the number threes made by Draymond Green this game. The bench for the Warriors was not a huge factor, and again Stephen Curry scored under 20 points, but the Warriors just seemed to be in rhythm shooting an impressive 45.5% from three.
The Cavs are still far from out of this playoff series although they must figure out a way to score. Whether that comes in a J.R. Smith explosion of threes, or a LeBron James back down and isolation clinic, the Cavs are desperate for offense and they need it now!
By Ian Riaf