Sporting News’ Sean Deveney covered the pace of play issue in great detail here, but to put it succinctly, here’s the problem: Cleveland is great in transition when the game is played fast, but the Warriors are better.
As Deveney noted, the Warriors were 40-5 in the regular season when playing at Game 1’s pace and 7-0 at Game 2’s pace. The Cavs are playing a brand of basketball the Warriors love, so Kerr should tell his team to keep that tempo sky-high. Create cross-matches in transition and take advantage of any two-on-one or three-on-two scenarios.
If the pace remains the same, there’s a good chance the Warriors finish Game 3 only one win away from a title.
Bayless and his rival FS1 show Undisputed are also expected to be on location during the NBA Finals. That means he and Smith — the former First Take debate partners who have described themselves as brothers from another mother — will be going head-to-head in person. Roberts said First Take is working around the clock to beat its competition.
So will Stephen A., Max and Molly be paid extra for pulling double duty?
Even if they were, I wouldn’t comment in an article, Roberts said. Indianapolis made strides to add high-upside defenders through free agency and the draft, but its offense will look largely the same as the unit that ranked 13th in the league in yards per play. Luck and Hilton are a dangerous tandem, but the Colts will need supplementary playmakers to help them shine. Frank Gore turned back the hands of time with a 1,000-yard performance last season, but he averaged just 3.9 yards per carry and is 34 years old.