NBA Finals: Takeaways From Game 5
The Golden State Warriors are the 2017 NBA champions! They won game 5 129-120 to take back the title. The Warriors were down early, but they didn’t let that stop them from putting on a show for their fans. This is the first time in the three Finals meetings between the Cavs and Warriors that the championship has been won at home.
I’m not a Cavs fan, but I wanted the Cavaliers to keep winning because I don’t want basketball to be over. I’m happy for Kevin Durant, who won his first championship, as well as the Warriors, who won their second title in three years, but I’m sad that we won’t see any basketball for a while. At least we still have the NBA Draft to look forward to! Before we get there, here are my final takeaways from game 5 and the series.
1. This is Kevin Durant’s team now
There’s been some question throughout the entire season as to who’s team this is. Is it Curry’s team? Is it Durant’s? They’re the two best players on the team, and both have won league MVP. After watching these NBA Finals, I think it’s safe to say that the Warriors are Kevin Durant’s team. Durant owned these Finals. He took over, scoring 30+ points in each game and winning Finals MVP. Nobody could stop him from getting what he wanted, not even the best player in the world. I’m sure every Warriors player had the mindset of winning a title, but Durant’s mindset was at another level. He did anything and everything he had to do to win. That’s what it takes to be a leader. That’s why LeBron is the leader of the Cavs, and it’s why Durant is now the leader of the NBA champion Warriors.
2. Tyronn Lue’s coaching doomed the Cavs
All I have to say, is that Deron Williams was in the game way too much in game 5. I could leave it at that and it would explain my whole point. Williams has been awful in this series. It wasn’t just his shooting either. He’s bad at defense, and he makes bad decisions with the ball. I understand that Williams is the back-up point guard and Kyrie Irving needs rest, but when you’re fighting to stay alive in the most important series of the entire season, you can’t afford to put in a player who’s terrible. I didn’t like the way Tyronn Lue rotated his line-ups, and it ended up dooming the Cavs.
3. The Refs need to be more consistent
I thought the refs were fine in the first three games, but in game 4, the refs were horrible. They weren’t consistent at all. They called fouls that clearly weren’t fouls, or didn’t call them when they clearly were. It was the same way in game 5. I saw LeBron get hit on the head going up for a shot, which was pretty obvious. No call. I saw several people get hit while shooting. No calls. I saw players playing tough defense. They got called for barely touching the offensive player. I’m not saying the calls were the reason the outcome was the way it was, but the refs have to be more consistent. It’s the NBA Finals. The refs need to be at their best, and they clearly weren’t in this game.
4. The Cavaliers will get a new bench this offseason
In my post “NBA Finals: Takeaways From Game 3,” one of my takeaways was that Deron Williams, Iman Shumpert, and Richard Jefferson shouldn’t shoot. They were all pretty bad throughout the series. Even 3pt shooter Kyle Korver was bad. If the Cavaliers want a chance at winning another championship, they have to get a new bench. I think Korver and Shumpert will stay, but I’d be surprised if Williams and Jefferson were back. The Cavs need to surround LeBron James with players who can make plays. Right now, they’ve got players who try to make plays, but end up doing something stupid. As long LeBron is on the team, the Cavs will be among the best in the league, but the bench has to be reevaluated. The poor play of the bench ultimately led to the Cavaliers losing the series.
Now that the NBA Finals are over, we look forward to the NBA Draft and free-agency. Keep a look out for future posts about the latest news around the league. Thanks for reading!