After taking a 113-91 beatdown by the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers believe they have a recipe to turn things around in Game 2. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, though, and cooking it all up won’t be easy.
Among those ingredients: Turn the ball over less, play better transition defense, be more physical, get better production from role players and get in a better frame of mind.
That’s a pretty long list. Let’s look at each point.
Turnovers. In Game 1, The Cavaliers committed 20 turnovers that led to 21 Warriors points; Golden State turned the ball over just four times. The 16-turnover difference is the largest in an NBA Finals since at least 1970-71, when Elias Sports Bureau starting keeping track, per cleveland.com.
Before the series even started, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue knew turnovers would spell disaster for his squad. If we’re turning the ball over, we’re dead, Lue said.
Mentally, you must be strong to come back from an injury like this, Parker told French website RMC Sport, translated via NBC Sports. I do not want people to think it was my last game, that I was not going to come back, because in my head, I will come back.
I hope that the Spurs will offer me a final contract. I will be entering my final contract year, it will be the first time in my career that I will be free agent. I’ve already said it several times, I want to play three more seasons, do the 20 seasons with the Spurs, and I think it’s two decades. I want to continue to perform well on the floor.