Former NBA player, now a ESPN analyst Antonio Davis believes the Golden State Warriors lost in the 2016 NBA finals because of too much outside shooting.
“Golden State’s accomplishments cannot be taken away, but the team should’ve been attacking the basket more in the playoffs and the finals, instead of settling for three point shots,” he said.
The Cavs were down 3-1 against Golden State, but came back to win the series 4-3. This was the first title win for the Cavaliers, who also made history by coming back to win the finals, while being down 3-1.
Davis went on to say that he saw a different LeBron James after game 3 of the finals, when the momentum started shifting towards the Cavs.
“The guy came on with a determined look on his face and not to show that there was defeat,” Davis said of James. “I think they (Cavs) did a great job of keeping their composure.”
“They won at home and continued to build from there,” Davis said. “It’s amazing to watch guys not give up.”
He went on to add that the Cavs figured out how to attack Stephen Curry and it helped them not just offensively but also defensively.
“In a playoff series it comes down to little tweaks, and I don’t understand how Steve Kerr at that point wouldn’t figure it out,” he said.
Davis added that just like during his playing days, LeBron James and Cleveland’s coach Tyronn Lue tried their best to take advantage of every mismatch.
Antonio Davis played 15 seasons in the NBA, for Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks.
He appeared in total of 903 NBA games (524 started), averaging 10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1 block per game in 28.9 mpg. David was named NBA All-Star in 2001, while playing for the Toronto Raptors.
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