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NBA Finals: Cavs living dangerously with strategy to push the pace in Game 2
On the surface, it appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers have lost their minds.
Two days after being torn to shreds by Golden State's transition attack -- the Warriors piled up 27 fast-break points in their 113-91 victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals -- the Cavaliers insisted Saturday that they plan to try and push the pace more in Game 2. Such a strategy would seems to play into the hands of the Warriors' chaotic brand of attack.
The Cavs' confidence did not lag after their Game 1 loss
"You can't play with pace when you turn the ball over," LeBron James said. "That's one thing we did in Game 1 that we're going to be very conscious about going into Game 2, especially on their home floor. We're a team that plays with pace. We know that. And in order for us to be as good as we can be offensively, we have to play with pace. But we have to control the ball as well."
The Cavaliers were seventh in pace this season, which measures possessions per game, and tied for ninth in fast-break points per game, while Golden State led the league. However, and this is where it gets interesting, in last year's Finals the Cavaliers outscored the Warriors 115-66 in fast-break points. This means that on one level, the Cavs' assertion is correct, they've had success pushing the ball vs. the Warriors. On the other, it means that the Warriors had 40 percent of their fast-break point total from last year's Finals in Game 1.
My buddy Will posted a video to FanZoos discussing this question: Who on Miami Heat's starting 5 is a defensive liability?
What do you guys think? Is he right? Did he leave out anybody, or include anyone he shouldn't have?