3 reasons for pessimism ahead of Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors drives towards the basket on Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Chase Center on January 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 09: Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors drives towards the basket on Jarrett Allen #31 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the fourth quarter at Chase Center on January 09, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Cavaliers are an incredibly skilled team, comparable to the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers may be an incredibly young team, but they have no shortage of skill and talent on their roster. This could therefore give the Warriors an issue in containing them.

The Warriors’ defense has been nothing short of terrible and a lot of that stems from a small number of players. One of which has unfortunately been Klay Thompson who is clearly a step or two or slower than his prime years.

This has caused Thompson to no longer be effective when guarding quick players. Great examples of quick players that may expose this weakness are Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell.

Now Thompson may still be effective against slower forwards, but the Cavaliers small forward minutes go to three players who are much quicker than the former All-Defensive guard. Caris LeVert, Isaac Okoro, and even Dean Wade could be problematic for the Warriors if they decide to have Andrew Wiggins guarding Mitchell.

Mix their lack of ability to defend the incredibly skilled backcourt of the Cavaliers, with the Warriors horrible foul issues, and the Cavaliers could score at least one point on just about every possession.

When the Warriors decide to run their small lineup, Cleveland could be quick enough and good enough to allow their ball movement to get good looks at the rim with Mobley or Allen. The Warriors defense just isn’t designed to stop this Cavaliers team, especially when they can’t stop fouling or getting back in transition.