Warriors made a quick and surprise last quarter run, ended in 15-0 to
close out the game. Warriors bench took control of the game and won the game 1 for
NBA Finals - 2016
Warriors 1 – Cavaliers 0
15 turnovers and 28 missed shots proved to be very costly
for the Cavaliers. Cavs were up by 3 in the 4th but not sure what
happened after that. Delly and Iggy had some moments and everything changed
after that. Warriors took advantage of the situation and surprised Cavs!
James (after the game)
" We have a game plan and we followed
as much as possible so it is great! we got to do a better job!"
Curry and Thompson had a bad night. For Cavs, J R Smith had
a bad night.
For those who like to see number, Plot 1 and 2 are for Cavaliers and Plot 2 and 3 for Golden State Warriors. Interestingly, Cavs had 3 players above 20 Net Player Score percentages compared to Warriors. Warriors had just 2 players in this range.
Cavs need to reset their mindset so do Warriors! Game # 2 will be really interesting.
Best start in NBA history - Golden State Warriors with 18-0
Golden State Warriors are playing with an amazing confidence. I think this team only gets better after every game and they might end up in setting a new record for the best start in NBA for years to come. With 18 wins on their side, Warriors are playing this game in a different level compared to last year. Their motive is very clear. Defend and retain their Championship for one more year and they are doing everything they can to achieve this.
Worst start in NBA history (tied as of 11/30/2015) – Philadelphia Sixers with 0-18
Sixers are a very young team and they came very close to winning some of the 18 games they played. Challenge for this team is to keep their focus on winning few games at least at Home. Sometimes only good thing can come out of hitting rock bottom is bouncing back.
Kobe Bryant is leaving NBA for good. End of an era!
Kobe announced his retirement. He is retiring from NBA after the current season and no further plans to play any significant role with Lakers. This may change as his retirement becomes a reality. His poem on Player’s Tribunal conveyed the message but in my opinion, his commitment and contribution to Lakers is much bigger than his simple poem. Lakers and Kobe are synonymous for so many years.
The way the Lakers are playing with 2-14 record in Western Conference and no chance of even making it to finals, Kobe’s decision is very appropriate. Kobe’s dream is to retire as a Laker and he is doing that with pride even with the worst season record instead of turning into a journey man.
5 time NBA champion, third leading scorer in NBA history and All Star for many number of times. Injuries played a big role in missing a very good number of games last two seasons and above all age must catching up as well. Apart from all side stories, struggles and injuries, Kobe is a heck of a basketball player.
If Kobe is healthy and not going to miss any games in the remainder of the season, Feb 10th, 2016 will be his last appearance as a Laker at Quickens Loan Arena, Cleveland.
In my opinion, this announcement was expected at the end of last season but somehow dragged on. Finally Kobe and Lakers can move on. Lakers can now rebuild their franchise with new talent and most importantly they have no restriction or obligation to build a team around Kobe anymore. This is a relief for Lakers Management and also a great challenge because nothing can replace Kobe.
Good Luck Kobe! Good Luck Golden State Warriors! Good Luck Sixers!