That was a great game last night. Cleveland's offense finally looked in sync, with LeBron creating opportunities for others off the dribble and drive. You see how crucial Bogut is for his interior defense and rebounding. Tristan Thompson owned the paint last night. I got a little worried at the end of the 3rd quarter, when they slowed things down and started playing lazy as if they had already won the game, with LeBron just holding the ball for 20 seconds then taking a stupid shot. To be fair, it's easy as an armchair coach to tell a player to pick up the pace who has basically played the entire game without any rest -- he looked a little tired at that point. But they got their energy back in the 4th and held off the run by Golden State.
I sympathize with the poor officiating on GS. Some of the reach in fouls he was called for were completely bogus. But it was a pleasure to see the MVP lose his cool and bean a fan with his mouthguard like a petulant teenager.
I have to hand it to Cleveland. I really didn't think they would be able to push it to Game 7, especially when they had to play the elimination game 5 at GS. But they've managed to muck things up and take GS off their game. And when Curry or Thompson go on a mini streak, they haven't come unravelled and started turning the ball over, and have always had an answer on offense.
This has been a weird series. A few games were neck and neck into the early 4th quarter, but otherwise the victories for each team have been lopsided. I like Cleveland's chances in Game 7, despite the venue, but I'm not going to bet on it. If GS plays to their potential, and starts making the shots they've missed these last two games, there's no team on earth that can stop them. I just hope that the Cleveland players other than LeBron and Kyrie will be ready when the ball comes to them, because he's most effective when he has an assist option to kick out to or hit rolling to the basket. LeBron can be a lot like Kobe sometimes, and become his own worst enemy when he starts trying to do everything himself. When it works, like last night, it's brilliant. But when it doesn't, it can completely sink the team.