The Finals Stat: Game 1

VIDEO: LeBron James misses a shot to win Game 1 in regulation

Game 5 basics
Pace 90.6 90.6
OffRtg 98.7 109.4
EFG% 46.3% 50.0%
OREB% 26.0% 25.6%
TO Ratio 11.8 12.2
FTA rate 0.202 0.250

OAKLAND — LeBron James scored 44 points, the most he’s scored in 28 Finals games, but it wasn’t enough, as the Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of The Finals on Thursday. One stat stood out from the rest in the Warriors’ 108-100, overtime victory.

The stat

4 – Points scored by the Cavs on their final 14 possessions of the game. Also, the number of turnovers the Cavs committed on those final 14 possessions.

The context

The Cavs were having a strong offensive game against the league’s No. 1 defense, scoring 96 points on their first 84 possessions of the game (a rate of 117 per 100). But over the final two minutes of regulation and all of overtime, they shot 1-for-13. And the one make was a conceded layup from James on the final possession of the extra period, with the Warriors up 10.

Cavs' shot chart over the final 7:00 of Game 1

Cavs’ shot chart over the final 7:00 of Game 1

James had missed his other five shots in those last seven minutes, and all five misses came from outside of five feet. Andre Iguodala forced him into tough looks – including the potential game-winner at the end of regulation, a turnaround jumper from 21 feet out – and James might have worn down after shooting a total of 38 shots in 46 minutes. He was also responsible for two of the Cavs’ four turnovers down the stretch, getting stripped by Stephen Curry in the high post and throwing a pass behind Tristan Thompson the final minute.

The Warriors may have benefited from Kyrie Irving apparently reinjuring his left knee. He left the game with 2:02 left in overtime. But Golden State was already up seven at the time, getting four free throws from Curry and a corner 3-pointer from Harrison Barnes.

That came with a super-small lineup on the floor for the Warriors. A lineup of Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes, Iguodala and Draymond Green was a plus-6 over the final 3:17 of overtime. They were able to spread the floor and make things tough on the Cleveland defense.

But it was the other end of the floor that really determined the outcome.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
EFG% = (FGM + (0.5 * 3PM)) / FGA
OREB% = Percentage of available offensive rebounds obtained
TO Ratio = Turnovers per 100 possessions
FTA Rate = FTA / FGA


  1. harriethehawk says:

    I don’t think it’s a slum dunk just because Kyrie is out. Kyrie has been injured a lot and they have made adjustments like this before.

  2. 1 win down plus irving out…ez win for the warriors