There’s an old saying, “Work smarter, not harder.” In the Western Conference Finals, Oklahoma City worked harder, Golden State worked smarter. The Warriors hit threes, the Thunder didn’t.
In the Herd today, Colin said the difference between Golden State winning the series and the Thunder losing is a simple math equation: 3 points > 2 points. If baskets were currency, the Warriors work less and earn more.
“If you can sell five cars, a Mercedes, and make an income, or sell 30 KIA’s and make an income, I’d go try to sell a Mercedes.”
Although, stylistically, Colin isn’t a fan of the trend of teams relying entirely on the three, it’s the reality of the modern era of basketball. NBA teams need to adapt, or die.
“One’s the iPhone 6, one’s the flip phone.”
Because of the three, Golden State can play from ahead or behind. When they were down by double digits in the series, they were never out. Klay Thompson saved the Warriors season with his historic 11 three, Game 6 performance at Oklahoma City.
In Game 7, the Warriors trailed for the majority of the game. Because they can get hot from three, they never panicked. When Oklahoma City was down by 9, it felt like 20. Why? They can’t hit a three.
FoxSports1 host Nick Wright joined the show and put the three-point math advantage in the context of football.
“If passing touchdowns were worth 9, and rushing touchdowns were worth 6, guess what? Brady wins every year.”
In the Finals, the Warriors will face a Cavs team that is a substantially tougher matchup than the Thunder. The Cavs have three point shooters everywhere. Kyrie Irving, JR Smith, Kevin Love and Channing Frye are all dangerous from deep. LeBron is streaky, but he can hit the occasional three. Also, the Cavs core group of stars, LeBron, Love and Kyrie, are all experienced and in their prime.
Colin thinks people who aren’t giving the Cavs a shot to beat the Warriors are making a big mistake. Vegas thinks the Cavs can legitimately challenge the Warriors too. RJ Bell from Pregame.com has the Cavs listed as 6 point underdogs in Game 1, on the road at Golden State.
Warriors -6 hosting Cavs
— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) May 31, 2016