How the Cavaliers Might Scrape Together a Win in the Finals

Still, free of charge, here is a suggestion box of things Cleveland might try to turn this series around.

CUT THE MISTAKES The Warriors’ offense tends to overshadow their equally amazing defense. During the regular season, they led the N.B.A. in defensive field-goal percentage, defensive 3-point field-goal percentage, steals and blocked shots. Throughout the playoffs, they have continued to use their defense to fuel their offense — by pummeling their opponents in transition.

In Game 1 of the finals, the Warriors forced the Cavaliers into committing 20 turnovers. The Warriors generated 21 points off those miscues. They won the game by 22 points.

“They’re the best in the league at turning your mistakes into makes,” Greg Anthony, a studio analyst for NBA TV, said in a telephone interview.


Golden State’s Draymond Green took aim during Game 2, with the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love defending.

Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

The Cavaliers took better care of the basketball in Game 2, but the margin for error against…

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