It’s time for Round 2! The Golden State Warriors will once again face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Before the league’s best teams step on the court for Game 1, check the stats to see how they match up.
It all comes down to this. The Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. King LeBron James, 31, is looking to for his crown, but Stephen Curry, 28, wants to end his record-breaking season with another championship ring. This will be an epic clash, so take a look how these two teams compare to each other.
The stats favor the Warriors.
When it comes to the basic numbers, the Dubs dominate the Cavs, according to USA Today. In the regular season, Golden State has a .487 field goal percentage, edging out Cleveland’s .460. When it comes to three-pointers, it’s no surprise that the Warriors are shooting .416 versus the Cavalier’s .363. Golden State also scores an average 114.9 points per game, while Cleveland trails with just 104.3 ppg. It’s no wonder that Golden State is the favorite to win this series, per ESPN.
The starting lineups are impressive.
Steph’s averaging 26.7 points per game, and he’s closely followed by Klay Thompson’s 26.2. Draymond Green, who stepped up while Steph was injured, has a 15.1 ppg average while Andre Iguodala (8.8 ppg) and Andrew Bogut (5.0) fill out the lineup.
Cleveland’s starting lineup also boasts some great stats. LeBron shoots 24.6 points per game, while teammate Kyrie Irving has an average 24.3 ppg. Kevin Love comes in third with 17.3, followed by J.R. Smith (12.0 ppg) and Tristan Thompson. Though Tristan only has 4.9 ppg, he has a stellar 8.4 rebounds per game.
The Cavs are better than the Warriors in one category.
Cleveland is better at scoring on “catch-and-shoot” opportunities, according to CBS Sports. They’re averaging 34.4 points, making 45.8% of all these jumpers. They’ll have to be quick on their feet like the Oklahoma City Thunder, who almost eliminated the Warriors from the playoffs!
Speed is the key.
Since Tyronn Lue was named coach, the Cavs have mimicked the Warriors’ offense, relying on ball movement and 3-pointers, according to the SF Examiner. This has helped them rule the NBA Playoffs, but they haven’t caught up with the Warriors. Golden State is the fastest team in the NBA Playoffs, and only the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons were slower than the Cavs.
Turnovers could be the Dubs’ downfall.
The Warriors have a 14.5% turnover rate, according to ESPN, and the Cavs are 3rd in the league in forcing the team to screw up and hand over the ball. If the Cavs can force some major errors and limit the Dubs’ shots, they may get revenge for their 2015 NBA Finals defeat.
Who do you think is going to win the NBA Finals, HollywoodLifers?