The Byrdbored 2015 Summer replay concludes with the Golden State Warriors vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers in the FInals…..
Golden State Warriors (4-0) over Cleveland Cavaliers
Game #1 – Golden State 108, Cleveland 97
Golden State would jump on Cleveland, 29-14, after one period and never look back. It would develop into an old-fashioned point guard duel. Stephen Curry hit 11 of 19 shots and 6 of 11 three-pointers to score 34 points, while Kyrie Irving scored 33 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the loss. Game #1 would display one of the problems the Cavs constantly had in the series, as they were outscored, 44-16, in bench points against the Warriors. Kevin Love played well, in the loss, with 15 points and 16 rebounds, but Golden State was just too much.
Game #2 – Golden State 107, Cleveland 77
It was a second half blast that blew this game open. The Warriors would outscore Cleveland, 55-27, in the second half led by Curry’s 33 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Klay Thompson chipped in with 20 points and 8 rebounds in the win. LeBron James led Cleveland with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss. The Warriors led by as many as 31 points and, once again, outscored the Cavs in bench points, 32-16.
Game #3 – Golden State 100, Cleveland 96
Despite 31 points and 3 steals from Kyrie Irving, and Golden State only shooting 39% in the game, the Warriors would pull the game out late with key baskets by Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry. The game saw 16 ties and 15 lead changes. Klay Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Draymond Green chipped in with 13 points and 15 rebounds in the win. LeBron James struggled in the contest shooting only 2 of 16 from the floor with only 8 points in the loss.
Game #4 – Golden State 125, Cleveland 118
LeBron James would bounce back in game #4 with a major effort and a triple-double, scoring 25 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out 12 assists. Kevin Love also played fantastic with 31 points and 17 rebounds, but the Warriors simply smelled the title and wouldn’t lose. There were 21 lead changes and the Warriors bench, once again, dominated 48-11 over Cleveland. Klay Thompson was scorching hot, shooting 10 of 15 from the floor and scoring 27 points in the win. Curry had 23 points and 14 assists, while Harrison Barnes chipped in 18 points in the win. The Warriors got the lead in the fourth quarter and never gave it up to capture the championship.
Stephen Curry captured the MVP of the Finals, and the Warriors could not be denied. In the end, Golden State was too deep and too explosive (especially with a weaker defensive lineup in the game for Cleveland). Even though this was just a simulation, it does go to show that some of what I thought did happen. Even with a healthy Kyrie and Love playing well, Cleveland was just not as good as Golden State. As is usually the case, when a team wins as many games as they did in the regular season, it is no fluke. Cleveland was the best team in the East sure, however, the East is no where near the level of the West. The Warriors were battle tested all season, and they simply were the best team of 2015. Nothing against Cleveland. They will have their chance to answer in the 2016 season and see if they can be deeper and better than the winner of the West. As for 2015, the Golden State Warriors are the champions in real life and in computer land!