24 — Steve Kerr blinks first. Andre Iguodala in starting lineup for Andrew Bogut.
23 — Time for the Warriors to get inspiration from national anthem singer Usher? Here I Stand.
22 — LeBron James with the no-look, over-the-head pass for Mozgov dunk is pure Magic.
21 — They can’t find those escaped convicts from N.Y. prison, but bloodhounds seem to have located Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green in first quarter for a change.
20 — Nine minutes, 1-for-4 shooting, 0-for-2 on treys. “Oh yeah, just remembered I’m Matthew Dellavedova, not Jerry West.”
19 — Kerr got everything he wanted out of his lineup change. Better pace, spread the floor, moving the ball, Iguodala everywhere. Your serve, David Blatt.
18 — After telling his team in huddle, “They’re only using seven players, they’ll wear down,” where does Kerr go with his own rotation? Do Bogut and Festus Ezeli get to take off their warmups?
17 — Got to give credit to Iguodala for making the sacrifice to come off the bench all year and to David Lee for being virtually buried, but staying ready to perform in The Finals.
16 — Dear Cavs: As much as they’ve struggled at times in the series, it’s never really a good idea to leave the Splash Brothers open.
15 — Warriors have 12 assists on first 16 baskets. Oh, so that’s the team that won 67 games this season.
14 — Think about it: LeBron just six shots in first 17 minutes. Hardly a plan for success.
13 —LeBron bleeds after collision with TV camera. Would you blame any of the other players on the court for licking their chops and wishing they could get a few pints of that stuff?
12 — World back spinning properly on its axis. Small-ball Warriors moving, scoring, rebounding, in control.
11 — Matthew Dellavedova back-to-back 3s out of the locker room. Did he return to his old routine and get a triple-shot of espresso at halftime?
10 — You can talk about the Warriors shooters cooling off early in third quarter. But pace, pace, pace. The Cavs go back to grinding and get back in the game.
9 — Sure, he’s got an unflappable, unflinching air about him, but Stephen Curry looks a bit disengaged from all of the emotion of what’s at stake in what has become a three-point game.
8 — OK, who had the prop bet in Vegas where Timofey Mozgov (21 points) plays a virtual draw with the combined Splash Brothers (22) in the first three quarters?
7 — How much does it say that on a night when LeBron appears a little out of sorts, fatigued, he’s closing in on another triple-double with 20 points, nine rebounds, seven assists going into fourth quarter?
6 — How is it that J.R. Smith can arrive at the arena riding a hoverboard, but his game usually needs training wheels?
JR Smith struggles puts too much pressure on everyone else. Got to step up sooner or later #NBAFinals
— Eddie A Johnson (@Jumpshot8) June 12, 2015
5 — Was David Blatt getting paid by the word for that long-winded answer to Doris Burke or just trying to talk his team back into the game? Where is grunting Smiley Popovich when we need him?
Cavs bench has 21 points, if you define “bench” as “everyone not James or Mozgov.”
— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) June 12, 2015
3 — Oh, Mama, can this really be the end? To be stuck inside of Mobile with with the Memphis blues again. Now the Cavs got a taste of Golden State playing with desperation. Just as they responded in conference semifinals down 2-1 to Grizzlies, the Warriors started off adversity and responded on the road.
2 — Best thing for the Cavs after a 103-82 thumping? The calendar. Two days off. It looked like a plow horse against American Pharoah.
1 — Gettin’ Iggy Wit It. Move of the series so far by Kerr — Iguodala gets first start of the season and comes through with 22 points, four treys, eight rebounds and defense on LeBron. If Warriors win series, he could the MVP.