The Warriors, on the other hand, have plenty of room for error. Talent allows that. It covers up the mistakes. Klay Thompson couldn’t shoot the ball in Game 1 – it didn’t matter. He played tough defense and Durant and Curry went off and the Warriors won easily. When you have four of the best 25 players in the league on your team, one of them can have an off night. It’s fine. Especially when you boast the best bench in the league, which the Warriors also have.
The Cavaliers don’t have that luxury. They can’t handle a night like that. There just isn’t enough. If Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love disappear in a Finals game, that’s it. Last night, Irving was oddly passive and shot just 34%, J.R. Smith scored zero points, and the Cavaliers got rolled. They don’t have enough to cover that up, not against the Warriors.